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Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith in the Works for December Strikeforce Card

(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.

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itsgalf- September 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm
you speak like you're from London!
Clyde- September 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Semtex via inverted gogoplata, in the 3rd.
MoTropolis- September 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Srsly, who has a more punchable face than Semtex in that photo above?? Well, besides Bisping, obviously. Come to think of it I wouldnt mind throwing a brick at Madson and Koscheck's face either. Ya know what, disregard this whole post, apparently Im just an angry person.
DazedNConfused- September 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I like the fight, fuck everyone yelling washouts. Just because they aren't in the ufc? That's some pretty brainwashed thinkin.' These guys are less of washouts than Lytle, Serra, Sherk, and Crocop.

Even though they may not have the highest skills, this fight screams great knockout and action. I am happy to accept strikeforces fights, they are free and usually pretty exciting.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 29, 2010 at 11:54 am
I'm just more of a Skinemax sort of a guy...
El Guapo- September 29, 2010 at 11:27 am
MrMissAntTrophy.. You've insulted minorities, MRuss, homosexuals, Weezer, women, new dad, people with disabillities, Mauro Ranello lookalikes, inbreds, Canadian faux hawk wearing hipsters and I haven't made a peep. But if you EVER insult Showtime again I swear to the MMA gods you will be sorry. Good day, sir.
intercept440- September 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

he is fucking stupid...

hence his dumbass decision to try to hit kocksuk at the end of the bell....
although it would have been fucking sweet to actually have seen him land a clean haymaker after the bell, just so i could see koschucks punchface....and the ensuing caption cotest it would have made

Mr_Misanthropy- September 29, 2010 at 11:16 am
I predict the first 13 second double-KO to be televised on a second-rate movie channel.
TheGreenBlurr- September 29, 2010 at 10:53 am
God i hate Daley and his face, he looks fucking stupid.
sevvi- September 29, 2010 at 10:41 am
I REALLY hope that Mr. Smith will punch a hole in Daley's head but i don't think it will happen. :(
Viva Hate- September 29, 2010 at 10:25 am
What, no sluts? Bastards!

Smith by flying armbar.
destinationblood- September 29, 2010 at 10:23 am
by the press pics it looks like no one is getting KO'd but someone sure will looking for a 4 5 6- hot hand in a dice game!
El Guapo- September 29, 2010 at 10:22 am
Fight should be fun while it lasts, which I'm guesstimating will be in the 2 minute range. Gotta respect a fighter like Scott Smith who wouldn't know what lay and pray was if it jumped up and bit him in the ass, but damned if he ain't gonna be talking like Mumbles and Iceman in a couple of years.
El Guapo- September 29, 2010 at 10:19 am
ex. Don't be a douche.
jimbonics- September 29, 2010 at 10:03 am
Anyone actually pulling for Dumb Dick in this one?
Mike Russell- September 29, 2010 at 10:03 am
hand·i·ly (h?n?d?-l?, -dl-?)adverbIn a convenient manner.
BigCountrysCholesterol- September 29, 2010 at 9:58 am
"Having beaten Le handily" ... He beat him with a decisive punch after getting his ass handed to him for almost 3 rounds, but the word handily is definitely a stretch.
RwilsonR- September 29, 2010 at 9:58 am
Should be an entertaining fight.
Cestus84- September 29, 2010 at 9:57 am
I 2nd this. Almost every MMA website has Daley as a top 10 WW. This seems like a good fight to me.
Maine Blazer- September 29, 2010 at 9:55 am
I'm not so sure that Smith "handily" beat Le. Le was kicking Smith's ass before a blind hook somehow connected and Smith was then able to pull another win from out if his ass.
blackboxmma- September 29, 2010 at 9:55 am
"despite having beaten Le handily in his previous outing". you mean beating him luckily
Cestus84- September 29, 2010 at 9:53 am
I suppose the same can be said for last weekends ppv main event.
Fried Taco- September 29, 2010 at 9:52 am
@Swedish yeah, they may not be the best fighters, but at least they won't be hugging each other for 3 rounds. I hope...
Fried Taco- September 29, 2010 at 9:50 am
Should be interesting to see what happens when Hands of Steel meet Semtex!
Swedish- September 29, 2010 at 9:49 am
Yaawwwwnnnnnnnnn..... washouts