|The type of training which Diabate uses to cultivate his skills is comprised of Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA. 19 years ago he began training for combat sports, which aptly prepared him for the UFC. He has won the French National Championship in kickboxing as well as Muay Thai. The grappling move that he favors most is the armbar, and for striking technique the elbow. Some of his most noteworthy accomplishments in pro competition include winning the World Championship in Shidokan karate and cage fighting.