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Paul Daley: ‘I Will Knock Nick Diaz Out’

“I hit unlike any other welterweight in MMA. I will knock Diaz out. I will knock him out… Nick doesn’t have great wrestling. Most of his takedowns come from the clinch or he’s dropping guys with bodyshots, but that ain’t gonna happen with me. Yeah he’s fast but he’s not explosive like me when it comes to MMA. He’s got great conditioning, yeah, but what happens when I’m moving three or four times as fast as anybody he’s fought in the past? How’s he going to deal with that? … I thought Diaz was OK. I thought he’s been more impressive in other fights. And I thought Cyborg was predictable. I kind of thought after the first round he’d be done because of wind. The guy used to fight at heavyweight, so it’s not going to be easy on his body to go to welterweight. Diaz, the guy fights from everywhere, uses punches and kicks. Then it went to the ground. It wasn’t really impressive because I expected him to beat Cyborg. It was an OK performance.”

—Paul Daley telling Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he’s going to knock out Nick Diaz

If Paul Daley knocks out Nick Diaz, he’ll have done something that hasn’t been done since Jeremy Jackson stopped Diaz with punches all the way back in 2002. Daley hits hard, but can he do what Marius Zaromskis, KJ Noons and Cyborg Santos couldn’t?

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