A few observations from Strikeforce’s “Diaz vs. Daley”:
Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm – Aoki has a message for all the doubters out there who thought Gilbert Melendez had exposed him as a weak Japanese fighter: if you let him get his hands on you, you’re as good as finished. When Aoki got a hold of Beerbohm, it was as if the American knew nothing about submissions, and that’s the farthest thing from the truth.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine – Someday Mousasi will learn some wrestling, and he’ll be able to stuff a shot and we’ll get to see his stellar knockout ability again. Someday. Jardine is tough as nails, but that was the former Strikeforce champ’s bout to lose, and he done lost it.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – In regards to Melendez being considered one of the world’s top lightweight fighters, after last night’s dominant performance, I’m a believer. You know who else is a believer? Kawajiri. The dude believes very hard right now.
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley – Diaz and Daley provided more thrills and heart-pounding action in one round than most fighters ever produce in their lifetime. If Daley had defeated Josh Koscheck at UFC 113, he would’ve faced UFC champ Georges St. Pierre for the belt. Does anyone out there believe for a second that that match-up could’ve been as exciting as what the Brit and the Strikeforce champ put forth? Right now, there are only three welterweights on the planet capable of defeating Diaz – St. Pierre, Koscheck and Jon Fitch – and they’d only win by laying on him and praying to all that’s holy that he doesn’t submit them or knock them out. And that’s a fact.