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“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” Aftermath: Team Cesar Gracie Smokes That Competition, Too

It’s just as well. Frankly “011-44-115″ is harder to remember than “209″ (Pic: Strikeforce.com)

The first major Strikeforce event under the Zuffa/Forza banner delivered a full night of action and first round stoppages, with a little of the obligatory ‘Majority Draw’ bullshit mixed in for good measure. While it was a typical Strikeforce show from top to bottom, the UFC hardly tried to keep a low profile at the event. Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta were both in attendance, the cage floor advertised the upcoming GSP-Shields fight, and talk of cross-promotional bouts peppered the event from the commentator booth to the stupid text polls. Maybe it’s just us, but there are far more important issues to vote on.

After years of watching Nick Diaz win the stand-up battle against “better strikers”, is it now time for us all to admit that he is the better striker? In true Diaz fashion, he did exactly what he said he would do and exactly what the media and fans alike discouraged- stand up with a dangerous striker. Like a successful version of Jorge Gurgel, Diaz has built his mystique and fanbase upon his refusal to utilize his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and his unquenchable thirst to punch dudes in the face. While victorious once again, that doesn’t mean he dominated the fight. Daley’s power was a known commodity headed into this bout, which made the both the risk and the reward to stand and bang with him all the greater for Diaz. The two exchanged heavily throughout the one-round fight, and twice “Semtex” dropped Diaz to the floor in what looked like the beginning of the end for the pride of Stockton.

Diaz has made it clear that he isn’t a Mixed Martial Artist, that he’s a fighter through and through, and he showed that tonight. He took Daley’s best shots and even when they sent him to the canvas he stood back up to deliver some 209-beats to Daley’s body and head. There is bound to be some controversy over the stoppage, which came in the closing seconds of the round. I’m one that feels that if the ref stops the fight at the moment he feels the fighter’s safety is in jeopardy, he’s done his job whether there are ten seconds or ten minutes left in the bout. The better question may be, was Daley in more danger at the end of the round than Diaz was when he was lying face first on the canvas after getting laid out for the second time? Feel free to argue that amongst yourselves. In typical Diaz fashion, he went to war with a pugilist and came out the winner. But before we go comparing him to Gandhi and the MILF Hunter, let’s consider the wrestling juggernauts he’s likely to face in the UFC’s Welterweight division. These days it seems like a match forcing him to use his vaunted BJJ would be more telling of his place on the rankings ladder than another stand-up war.

The Lightweight Championship bout between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri featured all of the jarring blows and excitement of their first wild fight, only this time condensed into three minutes and focused solely upon Kawajiri’s skull. Melendez took it to Kawajiri right from the opening bell, dropping him with a big right hand some twenty seconds into the bout. Kawajiri popped right back up to his feet, only to find more punishment awaiting him in the form of punches, knees, and elbows. Following the one-round carnage, Melendez called out the UFC Lightweight Champion, and with Zuffa in control of both organizations he may finally get his chance to test himself against the UFC’s best. It should be interesting to see how Dana revises his personal fighter rankings moving forward.

Hats off to Keith Jardine. After taking the fight against the dangerous Mousasi on nine days notice, many expected to be reading his obituary this morning. Exhausted and battered, Jardine never quit fighting. That being said, the Majority Draw decision is once again a tough one to swallow. Obviously we wouldn’t be here if Mousasi hadn’t landed that upkick, which while illegal probably helped Jardine catch his breath more than anything. Even giving Jardine the first round and deducting the point for the foul, it still seems clear that he lost this fight in the truest sense of the word. Stats never tell the whole tale, but the fight they’re describing here sounds like an ass-whipping, and if we apply the ol’ “whose face got fucked up” criteria, things don’t look much better for “The Dean of Mean”. Jardine did take Mousasi down quite a few times, but more often than not he lost the brief exchanges on the mat. If nothing else, this fight reminds us that Jardine is one tough son of a bitch, that Mousasi drastically needs to work on his takedown defense, and that MMA judging is still in need of refinement.

Many questioned the decision to follow up Lyle Beerbohm’s first career defeat with a fight against an even tougher opponent, and they were right to do so. Despite his assertions that he had no fear of Aoki’s ground game and that he was “unsubbable”, “Fancy Pants” found himself on the business end of a vicious neck crank. Aoki fended off early takedown attempts only to land his own less than a minute into the fight. Some 49 seconds later he had taken Beerbohm’s back and transitioned from a rear naked choke to a painful crank across the jaw and face. It was a much better showing for Aoki than his Strikeforce debut, though the level of competition may have had something to do with it.?

Full Results:

Nick Diaz def. Paul Daley via TKO (Punches) 4:54, R1

Gilbert Melendez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO (Elbows) 3:14 R1

Gegard Mousasi DRAWS Keith Jardine (Majority Draw) 3 Rounds

Shinya Aoki def. Lyle Beerbohm via Submission (Neck Crank) 1:33 R1

Casey Ryan def. Paul Song via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 1:39 R1

Rolando Perez def. Edgar Cardenas via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Herman Terrado def. A.J. Matthews via TKO (Punches) – 4:16 R1

Joe Duarte def. Saad Awad via submission (Armbar) – 2:45 R2

Virgil Swicker def. Brett Albee via TKO (Strikes) – 1:46 R1

Robert Peralta def. Hiroyuki Takaya via Split Decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)

- Chris Colemon

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KingAtRock- April 11, 2011 at 9:50 am
LOL at all the unfair stoppage comments. Troll harder, you mean Daley meant to roll his ankle falling awkwardly to the floor and then spin around once he realized he was on the floor as a defense? He was out of it even after the fight he tried to get up and was wobbly. Diaz got up from his knock downs and fought back.

Haters gonna hate, its in the history books whiners.
Shaky- April 11, 2011 at 6:27 am
I'm impressed, you actually found the nottingham phone area code. Though to be fair, we don't dial 011-44-115, we would just dial 0115
Ballkick- April 11, 2011 at 6:26 am
StrikeUForCe does need some changes, one of the first changes should be getting rid of Gus " Ladyboy" Johnson....he is the proverbial "Turd in the Punch Bowl" for the on-air crew. Shamrock should be next on the chopping block. I say keep Ranalo,.... but turn down his mic,.....a lot.
Dagnut- April 11, 2011 at 6:23 am
@Armfarmer...I don't disagree with what your saying but the fights were good and have been good..that's the important thing for me anyway..the rest is all superficial packaging.
ArmFarmer- April 11, 2011 at 5:37 am
Me and everyone I've talked to are in agreement that the strikeforce aspects of the show sucked and always have sucked ass. I'm talking about Frank and everyone else they hand a mic to. Anyone notice that he circled mousasi's reach on the tale of the tape talking about the advantage he has... they were both 76! The commentators and interviewers are terrible. They say stupid stuff, and they just sound awkward behind the mic.

I'll agree, I didn't notice any changes brought on by zuffa so it's silly if people are saying that, but some changes would be welcome.
Mongrel- April 11, 2011 at 3:29 am
@ Dagnut,
You're right on the money.
It appears that even CP has toned down the usually patronizing articles when referring to Strikeforce. Since the merger everyone has jumped into the SF bandwagon... which is cool, but it's frustrating since some of you guys are victims of commercial branding and not true MMA fans.
Dagnut- April 11, 2011 at 2:34 am
I can't believe people have the audacity to say that was a good show because of the UFC... the downright blind ignorance is laughable.
What influence did they have? how did the show change at all?....strikeforce have been putting on exciting cards for the past year if you had bothered watching without the preconceived idea that it was sh!t because it wasn't UFC, you might have noticed.
CaptnJonesy- April 11, 2011 at 2:16 am
Are there any other angles out of what happened after the fight stopped? I'm trying to figure out why Diaz is saying he will be suspended and all I can think of is seeing a reg glove and a finger pointing at the defeated Paul Daley while he was on the stool. Did he go Brock Lesnar Vs Frank Mir on him ???
ktronics- April 11, 2011 at 12:37 am
ok so condit/hardy was left hands but you know what i mean. right? guys?
ktronics- April 11, 2011 at 12:35 am
The end of the fight reminded alot of Condit/Hardy except Daley didn't get knocked straight out. The stoppage was justified. They both threw right hands and both landed, but the one from Diaz was devastating, actually causing Daley to stumble backwards. He was moving forward and just stopped and fell backward on his face. Daley never intelligently defended himself, allowing multiple punches to be landed to his fucking face. The first time Diaz went down he goaded Daley from his hands and knees. The second one was legit but Diaz ate 6 punches, while covering up, then improved his position and appeared to recover right away. I like watching both of these guys fight and I knew this one would be great. It was, and it was Diaz all the way
Mongrel- April 11, 2011 at 12:08 am
Even if it wasn't stopped and went into the later rounds, I'd still put my money on Diaz.
Drano, the shit talking in reference to Diaz and his 'come at me homie' persona is the equivalent of women's celebrity gossip. Why are you guys salivating over this guy's personal life? Better yet, if you can't stand him, why is it that you're infatuated by his every move?

When there's a fight on, the kid brings it. That's a lot more than you can say about GSP and a lot of the other guys Diaz talks shit about.

Would I hang around with Nick Diaz? Probably not. Do I think he's a phenomenal athlete and an amazing fighter? Shit yeah.
fatbellyfrank- April 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm
To all who say it wasn't a good stoppage, I'll go with Big John McCarthy's experience on this one, unless all you guys were in the cage with em. I know there are some questions around the competence of certain referee's(Mazzagati, Peoples, I'm looking at you two)but I would say Big Johns experience and credentials suggest he knows what he's doing. Daley lost, Diaz won. Next argument
LJM- April 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Karma said it simply and true. And unlike the Diaz haters here, Karma knows something about what he's talking about.
fatbellyfrank- April 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm
@ perpetraitor, Oh hell yeah, the first one was a fucken great fight, watched it again on TUF reruns a few weeks ago, absolute fucken slobberknocker, I could watch that fight every night of the week!
PERPATRAITOR- April 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm
@Frndlylion you trolling dog!

Everyone else. Diaz has conditioning like no other. Thats why he can come up from being knocked down and still fight with the same power. For the love of mma grudge matches let's get Diaz vs Sanchez II. WAR Cesar Gracie!!
dranokills- April 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm
k-onda Says:

Sun, 04/10/11 - 04:08

On another note, every fight last night was exciting as shit, Strikeforce put on a good ass show – I think they’re finally making a little headway on the UFC
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so what your saying is UFC made headway on themselves last night?
hey did you get the memo? UFC bought strikeforce...no really it happened.
oh and mongrel welcome to cage potato, leave your bloody vagina credentials at the door, we hate fighters for all kinds of reasons around, especially if they have stupid hair. try to keep the sand out the folds and you will be fine.
oh BTW, and FYI, and all dat shit.....Diaz is a fucktard, and that is how that goes.
Tai-Pan- April 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm
haha woops...
Tai-Pan- April 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm
Good stoppage and an awesome fight, your're retarded if you think otherwise.
frndlylion- April 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Daley only fell down because he was pushing Diaz away. That stoppage was BULLSHIT! His arms were up "intelligently defending himself" he didnt turn his back, he didnt go unconscious or limp like Diaz did earlier. In no way was that a "good" stoppage.
Mongrel- April 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm
To hate Diaz as a fighter is to take the 'bitch approach'. You're basically saying that you dislike one of the most entertaining fighters because of his personality, you bitch. What's next? Hating on a guy because of a bad hairstyle? Sigh, you guys are such pussies, it's unbelievable.

I've been saying it for over a year, Strikeforce is far more entertaining than the UFC. Considering its fewer cards, it's so much more consistent in bringing the action. I'm not sure if it's the fighters or what's going on, but the UFC definitely took notice (links merger).

I love how the UFC fanboys are now accepting Strikeforce as a legitimate MMA-org, when only a few months ago they were calling it irrelevant. Go away you shit people, seriously... you guys make me sick.
CaptnJonesy- April 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Sure, you CAN SAY the stoppage was justified, but if you do I don't think you can say the ref couldn't have stopped the fight after Daley's left hook put Diaz flat on his stomach just covering his head like he was hiding under a bed or something.
So all in all, I think the stoppage was right but going by those rules I would have to say that they should have stopped it after Daley's left hook.
RSparrow- April 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm
In a later interview, Semtex confirmed that he learned that weird side bending shit from Rashad.
fatbellyfrank- April 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm
I'd suggest an experienced ref like BJM knows when a fighters done and Daley was lights out.
@getoffme was that from Judahs fight with Kosta Tyzu, that was fucken brilliant, now that was a stanky leg dance from Judah
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Get Off Me- April 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Another great card from Strikeforce...the usual.
Suprisingly little hate for Strikeforce for CP...unusual.

How can you bitch about the Daley/Diaz fight?
Diaz came a pussy whisker from getting KTFO.
Daley got KTFO and quickly KTF back into conciousness by Diaz.
Nobody compalained when the Shogun/Liddell fight got stopped.
The end of this fight was very similar in terms of damage.
A big shot to send a fighter down, followed up with a barrage of shots, one of which turned the lights out, followed by ref stoppage.
Many fans don't even fucking know what a flash KO looks like, look it up folks, go watch the second shot Daley gets hit with after he did the stanky leg, he goes out and big John saw that and stopped the fight. just like Liddell/Shogun. Just cause a fight is not like Scott Smith KO'd, does not mean he didn't get KO'd.
See Cedric the entertainer's take on Zab Judah for more evidence.
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