Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley” is official.

Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley” is scheduled to take place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California on Saturday, April 9, and will air on Showtime.

In the main event, Nick Diaz defends his welterweight title against Paul Daley.

“Daley has great stand-up but he likes to talk a lot of (expletive) and I’m not really impressed with him as a mixed martial artist,” said Diaz, a 6-foot-1, 27-year-old southpaw. “We’ll see how it goes and see how he does on April 9. Let’s see if he can walk the walk. I seriously doubt it.”

“I am a striker – there is no secret about that,’’ Daley said. “I like to knock people out quickly and aggressively. No one in MMA hits like me. I’m faster and more explosive than Diaz. Diaz doesn’t have good wrestling. There is no way he’Il stand with me. I’ll smash him within three rounds. I will knock him out.’’

In the co-main event, Gilbert Melendez puts his lightweight title up for grabs against Japanese standout Tatsuya Kawajiri.

“My hand is healed and I’m 100 percent ready,’’ said Melendez, a highly decorated wrestler and Pride Bushido star who turns 29 on April 12. “I want to prove I’m the No. 1 fighter at 155 in the world. Kawajiri is one of the best anywhere. This is going to be a hard, excellent fight and I am looking forward to it. I don’t want to leave any doubt this time around. I’m ready to rip.’’

Other bouts announced for the card include Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle and Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm.

Ticket release dates:

  • “Strikeforce Insiders” E-Newsletter Subscribers Presale: Thursday, March 10 at 10AM PT
  • Public On-Sale Date: Saturday, March 12, 10AM PT

Tickets can be purchased at the Valley View Casino Center or through Ticketmaster and Stubhub.

The latest Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley” fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.