The French 36-year-old fighter has signed a four-fight deal with the organization, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has learned from Diabate's agent Ken Pavia.
"The Snake," who is 15-6-1 in his MMA career, has agreed to fight Luiz Cane at UFC 114 in Las Vegas for his UFC debut.
Diabate has been around for a long time, fighting for organizations such as PRIDE, Cage Rage, ShoXC, and DEEP. He's primarily a kickboxer/muay thai guy and served as a coach on TUF 9 for Dan Henderson. He stands 6' 6" tall and has won 9 of his fights via TKO/KO. Of course Cane is coming off a devastating KO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 106 and he'll be look to re-establish himself amongst the contenders in the UFC light heavweight division. If I were a betting man, I'd say there is little chance that this fight hits the ground. That is, until one of them hits the canvas after getting knocked out. This has standup war written all over it.