As many had predicted beforehand, in this fight between two of the Strikeforce welterweight division’s top contenders it was Tyron Woodley’s wrestling which would ultimately allow him to decision Paul Daley, but he didn’t have it all his own way.
This was of course a textbook grappler Vs striker match-up with Woodley looking to exploit Daley’s well known achilles heel – his ground game.
The Brit demonstrated throughout the fifteen minutes that followed that he has been endevouring to shore up his weaknesses however, stuffing a number of Woodley’s takedowns and in fact it wouldn’t be until round two that the stand-out wrestler finally got him on his back.
The problem for Daley was that with his focus being on stopping the fight from hitting the mat he was throwing little in the way of offense, while Woodley was landing with strikes as he attempted to distract him and find a route to a takedown.
That meant that Woodley took the first round, and then when he finally did manage in the second to get him down he was in full control of the fight.
To his credit Daley did a good job defensively on the ground, taking little in the way of damage and forcing a stand-up on several occasions, but as the fight progressed he was still struggling to make any kind of impact offensively.
Onto the final round and Daley showed renewed urgency to make his mark in the stand-up battle, but as he came in with powerful strikes Woodley simply ducked and took him down.
Mid-way through the round Daley finally struggled back to his feet and had his best spell of the fight, landing with a few looping punches and knees that had Woodley quickly dropping down trying to clutch one of his legs.
Daley managed to sprawl though and tries to soften him up with more blows before standing back up. Towards the end of the round they find themselves in a similar situation, and in a move no one expected Daley suddenly abandoned his striking and instead went for a rolling omaplata submission, which was partially successful but ultimately did not succeed.
And so it was on to the judges scorecards and despite losing the last round Woodley emerged the winner with a clean sweep, 29-28×3.