Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley” took place earlier this evening at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California and will air on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT.
In the night’s main event, Nick Diaz put his Strikeforce welterweight title on the line against Paul Daley.
In the co-main event, Gilbert Melendez put his Strikeforce lightweight title on the line against Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Keith Jardine stepped in on short notice to take on Gegard Mousasi.
Shinya Aoki made the trip from Japan to face Lyle Beerbohm.
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Results and recap after the jump.
- Nick Diaz defeats Paul Daley via TKO (Punches) at 4:57 in Round 1
- Gilbert Melendez defeats Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO (Punches) at 3:14 in Round 1
- Keith Jardine vs. Gegard Mousasi ruled a Majority Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
- Shinya Aoki defeats Lyle Beerbohm via Submission (Face Crank) at 1:33 in Round 1
- Robert Peralta defeats Hiroyuki Takaya via Split Decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
- Virgil Swicker defeats Brett Albee via TKO (Strikes) at 1:46 in Round 1
- Joe Duarte defeats Saad Awad via Submission (Armbar) at 2:45 in Round 2
- Herman Terrado defeats A.J. Matthews via TKO (Punches) at 4:16 in Round 1
- Rolando Perez defeats Edgar Cardenas via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Casey Ryan defeats Paul Song via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:39 in Round 1
Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm: Aoki has proven himself to be the ultimate amoral submission machine, which means he’s got the skills to submit opponents from nearly any angle and an utter lack of conscience to care if he breaks anything. Thankfully, wrestler Beerbohm managed to avoid giving the Japanese fighter any limbs to destroy. His neck? Not so much. It took the DREAM lightweight champ a mere minute and thirty-three seconds to nail the takedown, take the American’s back and slap on the choke (although what Beerbohm tapped to was more of a face-crank than anything). And that, folks, was all she wrote.
Keith Jardine vs. Gegard Mousasi: After a long and distinguished UFC career featuring lots of slumber, Jardine must’ve taken this fight against former Strikeforce champ Mousasi with the idea that diving intervention and repeated clinching and takedowns would keep the KO master from, well, KOing him. And hey, while the “Dean of Mean” took one heck of a beating on the feet, and by Round 3 had his face transformed into just so much bloody hamburger, he did manage to avoid the knockout. But a point deduction for Mousasi for an illegal upkick in Round 1 gummed up the scorecards for sure, and that – coupled with what has become standard irrational judging – saw the inevitable come to pass: one judge giving it to Mousasi 29-27 when time ran out, and two judges scoring it 28-28, rendering the affair a majority draw. Despite taking a beating, Jardine somehow managed to not lose.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri: When they first met in Pride back in 2006, Melendez and Kawajiri went the distance and the American took the decision. There would be no decisions this time around. Coming out of the gate with both guns blazing, the Strikeforce champ laid down the law early with enough right hands to kill a horse. What followed was the Japanese fighter struggling to survive, and in the face of Melendez’s furious onslaught, it was inevitable that Kawajiri would fail. The end came via referee stoppage at 3:14 of the first frame, with Kawajiri stunned and on his back and Melendez raining down elbows. “I’m the number one lightweight in the world, baby!” Melendez exclaimed post-fight, and after this performance, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t at least up there.
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley: Brit bad boy Daley wields his fists with such speed and power, gods like Zeus, Thor and Shiva watch his fights for pointers on kicking ass. Diaz, on the other hand, is so smothering with punches that opponents literally drown in them. What do you get when these two meet? An amazing back-and-forth face-blasting party that saw both men rocked, dangle on the precipice of defeat, recover and return the favor. Though at one point Diaz ate enough leather to face-plant on the canvas, he came back and sent Daley down with some knuckles of his own – so much, in fact, that referee John McCarthy waived the fight off at 4:57 of Round 1. An epic end to an epic (but short) fight.