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“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” Weigh-Ins: Daley Tips The Scales In His Favor.

For the most part, last night’s weigh-ins were uneventful. By all accounts the proceedings went more smoothly with Zuffa steering the ship, and Scott Coker did his best Dana impression by injecting himself into the face-offs. California State Athletic Commission rules state that if a fighter elects to first weigh in wearing his fight trunks, he may not later remove them to assist in making weight. Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez and Welterweight challenger Paul Daley opted to play it safe and weigh in behind a towel on their first attempt. Both were successful.

Beyond silencing his haters and exorcizing his weigh-in demons, Daley may have scored another small victory. The lead up to this bout was by all standards tame. The brash “Semtex” bit his tongue, saying that he tried to start a war of words early on but decided he was wasting his effort when Diaz didn’t take the bait. Diaz’s interviews, always an interesting dichotomy between repressed emotions and stream of consciousness, focused more on how little he was paid than his upcoming bout. The cool-headed courtesy ended last night with the face-off, where Daley’s jawing brought the 209 out of Diaz and may have increased his chances at walking away with the belt.

If there’s one factor that has gamblers hesitant to throw down money on this fight it’s Diaz’s bravado. On the feet, Daley holds the more impressive pedigree and certainly a marked edge in power, but Diaz has made a career out of beating up bruisers with his relentless pitter-patter style. To think that Diaz can stand with Daley or even win the exchanges isn’t unreasonable, but it isn’t certain either. What is certain is that this fight is all but over once it hits the mat. Diaz is a Cesar Gracie black belt. And Daley? Let’s just say he’s not. From what we know of Diaz, he probably wasn’t headed into this bout with a game plan of shooting for a double leg from the opening bell; his Stockton roots wouldn’t allow him to so easily concede the standup to Daley. But if his team had tried to instill in him any game plan of taking this fight to the mat, Daley may have just derailed that effort. A fired up Diaz isn’t a guy looking to slap on an armbar, it’s a guy wanting to punish you with never-ending combinations. The only way Diaz is likely to take the fight to the ground at this point is if he finds himself in real trouble on the feet, and that’s not a place you want to be with Paul Daley. Make no mistake, this is Diaz’s fight to lose, but Daley’s last minute taunts are a little insurance that this fight stays standing. That’s not where Daley wants it, it’s where he needs it.

Full weigh in results:

Main Card
Nick Diaz (169.8) vs. Paul Daley (169.5)
Gilbert Melendez (154.8) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (154.2)
Gegard Mousasi (205.5) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
Shinya Aoki (155) vs. Lyle Beerbohm (155.5)

Preliminary Card
Hiroyuki Takaya (144.5) vs. Robert Peralta (144.5)
Brett Albee (218.5) vs. Virgil Zwicker (222.5)
Joe Duarte (155.5) vs. Saad Awad (155.5)
Herman Terrado (170.5) vs. AJ Matthews (171)
Rolando Perez (140) vs. Edgar Cardenas (139)
Casey Ryan (185) vs. Paul Song (184.4)

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Blak302- April 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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LOKI- April 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm
Im so glad that im high when i just watched this!
CrushCo- April 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm
@K-onda: You still talking about this fight???
k-onda- April 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm
I wanna watch a total dick take on a complete asshole, is that wrong? It feels wrong.
2DaDeath- April 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm
This HAS to be the best stare down ever! I can watch this stare down over and over. From that one old black guy getting real excited for the fight after the staredown was diffused to during the staredown when Nate was ready to jump in there like he did in Nashville. This fight is gonna be nuts!
cecils_pupils- April 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Nick thinks that if he can just keep winning Dana will have to let him back in the UFC... and he's prolly right.
CrushCo- April 9, 2011 at 11:51 am
@Jimbonics- sorry, I stepped away for a bit. No, I wish, but I've got to catch Strikeforce tonight and write a barely entertaining review for the morning. You headed over there? How many KOK shows have you been to?
Dojima- April 9, 2011 at 11:20 am
I'm gonna go out on a bit of a limb here, and say: If Paul Daley wins, Dana White finds a way to cut both Daley and Diaz... Two of Strikeforce's highest paid "stars", and I put stars in quotes because, to Dana, He could have Diaz if he wanted him bad enough and Daley is just riding the wave of Kos-gate.

With the Strikeforce purchase, fighters like Daley and Henderson were just granted a back-door into the UFC, one that Dana White would like to cover with concrete and strychnine.
Law of Fist- April 9, 2011 at 10:52 am
I first thought that was a dum rule but now that u say it like that, I LOVE when Gina gets naked!
GoinRogue- April 9, 2011 at 10:50 am
Shinya Aoki aint scared homie
Turd Furgeson- April 9, 2011 at 10:48 am
I hate both of these guys, but I'm really hopin Daley KTFO's Diaz so all these idiots that over hype him and say he's one of the best WWs and P4P will finally shut up. Although that probably won't ever happen. Even if Diaz does lose to Daley they'll probably say it was a fluke or what have you.
irish brawler- April 9, 2011 at 10:22 am
anybody wanna see daley vs cyborg? the guy cyborg i mean. or the one that were sure is a guy.
825IVER- April 9, 2011 at 10:06 am
I see you Reed Harris.
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jimbonics- April 9, 2011 at 9:26 am
CrushCo you going to King of Kombat tonight?
Dana_Plight- April 9, 2011 at 8:27 am
I love how both of the Diaz bros do the 1920's looking fisticuffs when they bow up.
danomite- April 9, 2011 at 8:00 am
was burt watson talking shit to Daley in that video? did Diaz hire him to be a hype man?
Romanhelmut- April 9, 2011 at 7:48 am
Did you see little Nate creep up in the background for another pile on in the playground? Those guys are gold....pure entertainment. When can they have their own reality show?
imaterial- April 9, 2011 at 7:47 am
Cone on Diaz is awesome, hes gunna fuck paul big mouth daley!!!

If u cant help but love the caeser gracie camp there is something wrong with u
RwilsonR- April 9, 2011 at 7:29 am
That CSAC rule is a little strange. It sounds like it was created just to make sure Gina Carano gets naked at every weigh in, since that has always been more interesting to fans than her fighting.
DARKHORSE06- April 9, 2011 at 7:11 am
I hope Diaz submits him in the second, and after they call it, I hope Daley punches him in the dick. April 9, 2011 at 7:07 am
don't be scared or scarred homie...there's weed to be smoked...
mDino- April 9, 2011 at 7:02 am
Dear nick diaz,
dont be a tough guy and try to beat daley in the stand up. listen to OG cesar gracie and use ur jiu-jitsu. or else ur head might get knocked off. also, keep ur guard up after the final bell