(Surefire prediction: Nobody is getting submitted in this one.)
According to several reports that we have since been able to substantiate with sources close to the bout, Scott Smith will likely make good on his proclamation that he is dropping down a weight class when he takes on newly-acquired welterweight Paul Daley in a December Strikeforce bout. The fight, which is sure to be a slugfest is said to have been verbally agreed to by both fighters.
Daley (25-9-2) has never been knocked out, but Smith (17-7 1NC), who is known for his somewhat reckless, go-for-broke style of fighting will be looking to change that statistic when the pair meet at the end of 2010. 7-3 in his last 10 outings, Daley’s last loss was the decision to Josh Koscheck that saw him tossed from the UFC for attacking the reviled American Kickboxing Academy fighter after the final bell. Since being released by the organization, he has gone 2-0 against Chute Boxe’s Daniel Acacio (21-10) at Impact FC 2: The Uprising in July and American Top Team’s Jorge Masvidal (20-6) at Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley in September.
5-4 (1 NC) in his past 10 fights, Smith announced after his most recent loss to former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le in June that he would likely be cutting to 170 pounds to compete as a welterweight, despite having beaten Le handily in his previous outing.
The move down by Smith will help bolster Strikeforce’s paper-thin welterweight division which, besides Jay Hieron who is rumored to be on his way out and Mariusz Zaromskis, who has already lost to champ Nick Diaz. Smith isn’t likely going to win the strap from Diaz any time soon considering he was easily beaten by the Stockton native the last time the pair met, but nobody gave him much of a chance of beating Le either, so you can never count Captain Comeback out, especially in a stand-up-centric fight.