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Paul Daley Wants Strikeforce Title Shot, Rematch With Nick Diaz

Paul Daley may be coming off a loss from a title fight against Nick Diaz, but that isn’t stopping him from asking for another one. Following Dana White’s announcement that Nick Diaz was vacating his title to fight George St. Pierre, Paul Daley told ESPN that it only makes sense that his upcoming fight against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos should be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.

“Nothing’s been said but, to me, it makes sense. Nick Diaz vacates the title, we were the last two guys to contend for the Strikeforce welterweight title, so it’s the only thing that makes sense to me.

“I would suggest, if I was promoting it, that the next fight is for the title.”

While it remains to be seen if Strikeforce officials agree, Daley sees the title as a means to get a rematch with Diaz should he lose to GSP at UFC 137.

“I want a Diaz rematch. If Diaz loses to GSP and my fight’s for the title, I’ll get the title and then use it to line up a rematch with Diaz. I know it’s within my power to beat Diaz. It sounds stupid because I lost to him, but had I not have got caught with a certain shot around the two-minute mark, I wouldn’t have been fighting on instinct and the fight would have been a lot different.

“He had the ability, the skill or the fortune to land that shot to the temple, which I couldn’t recover from with the pace he was setting.”

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind watching Diaz and Daley throw down again if the stars were to align. That was easily the most exciting round of fighting we’ve seen this year. What else would be exciting in that guilty pleasure kind of way would be Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck coaching a season of TUF after their post-fight sucker punch incident that earned Daley a lifetime ban from the UFC. Daley knows Dana White would never let it happen, but he likes the idea of it.

“[The punch ] is a bit hard to comment on… but I would have thought I could have thrown a better punch and knock him out, given that Koscheck wasn’t expecting it!” quipped Daley.

“[TUF] would be good! That would be very interesting. Would Dana White let it happen? I doubt it. I don’t mind TV, I don’t mind going up against Koscheck. My season would definitely be interesting because I say things how they are. I don’t play up for the cameras. It would be funny.”

I know I’m not supposed to want it given how far out of line Daley was that night, but yeah, I’d watch. For better or worse, we all like to watch a good train wreck, right?

Other Strikeforce odds and ends…

Scott Coker told MMA Junkie today the winner of the KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal fight will be the “frontrunner” to challenge Gilbert Melendez for his Strikeforce lightweight title next, though he wouldn’t commit to guaranteeing them the title shot. He wants to see how their fight plays out in addition to the JZ Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox fight on the undercard.

Scott Coker says there is no update on Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cris Cyborg’s contract status. They’re currently locked in negotiations, or as Coker put it, they’re “dancing.”

“It comes down to business,” he said. “It’s probably happened with every single guy in this room at one point or another. It maybe just was under the radar and they weren’t talking to the media like ‘Cyborg’ did. But I don’t blame her. She was frustrated, and we were frustrated.

“But there’s a certain dance the promoter and the athlete do. … And we’re dancing.”

— All 20 competitors on this weekend’s Strikeforce “Overeem vs. Werdum” have been cleared and licensed to fight this weekend in Texas. That includes Josh Barnett.

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