Nick Diaz Vs Paul Daley may only have lasted for one round, but what a round it was.
Showing no regard for Daley’s famed punching power Diaz taunted his opponent with his hands down early in the round, and almost paid the price when the Brit landed a hook that appeared to drop him to his knees, though he was quickly bobbing and weaving on the mat to avoid further damage.
Back on his feet Diaz then began to press forward with his own offense, and backed Daley up against the cage with a variety of strikes to the body and head, and looked to be hurting him, though ‘Semtex’ occasionally fired back showing he was still dangerous and determined.
Continuing to show a lack of concern for his own safety, Diaz again moved forward with his hands low and was caught by another devastating hook from Daley that leaves him rocked on the canvas. The UK fighter attempts to end the fight with ground and pound but Diaz shows the strength of his chin to quickly regain his bearings and before long the fight is back standing.
The two warriors go back to trading punches and in a frenzied exchange Diaz looks to have been clipped, but it turns out his punches have landed cleaner and Daley’s balance is suddenly gone, sending him falling awkwardly to the mat.
Diaz pounces and throws more strikes, and with just three seconds left of the round the referee steps in, handing Diaz the TKO victory.
Any argument that the fight should have been allowed to continue was quickly shot down after seeing Daley looking very unsteady on his feet as he was helped back to his stool.
Overall this was an exciting, action-packed fight, and one that will leave people in no doubt that Diaz has plenty of power in his so-called ‘pitter-patter’ style of striking.
It also confirms his status as one of the world’s most exciting MMA fighters, and with the UFC’s Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta watching cage-side you have to wonder how long they can resist bringing him over to fight the likes of Georges St.Pierre.
As for Daley, he had Diaz in more danger than most of his previous opponents had been able to, but in the end found that even his explosive power shots couldn’t switch off the champions lights. He still put on an entertaining perfomance though, and hopefully he will remain under the Strikeforce banner despite his differences with the likes of Dana White.