Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley Results - Cageside Seats Post-Fight Throwdown

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As predicted, Strikeforce:  Diaz vs. Daley delivered an exciting night of fights from top to bottom, finishing the night with Nick Diaz putting away Paul Daley in the first round after surviving two onslaughts that nearly saw the champion finished.  We've got some great topics to discuss tonight, so let's get down to it.

  • I knew the welterweight title bout between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley would be thrilling, but it exceeded expectations.  The full 4 minutes and 47 seconds of the fight was nothing short of MMA greatness.  Diaz's toughness and boxing clashed beautifully with Daley's aggression and power.  ESPN's Josh Gross called it the round of the year, and it's definitely going to be hard to beat.  
  • Trash Diaz's competition, wrestling, and attitude all you want, you can never deny that he's got a ton of hear, and is incredibly tough.  
  • The stoppage, at first glance, was bad.  But after watching the replay, I'll take it.  Big John could look straight into Daley's eyes, and I suspect they were rolling about in his skull.  I sure would have liked to see more of that fight though.
  • Where does Diaz go from here?  Ideally, the UFC works out a way for Diaz to come over to the UFC, but with Diaz insisting that he's not getting paid enough...who knows what will happen.  Diaz has serious star potential, and the UFC can put him over the top.  If Diaz really wants to get paid, he should hold out, then angle for an immediate UFC title shot, and cash out.  If he wins, he wins, if he loses, he lost to the UFC champ.  Really though, I'd just like to see Diaz fight two more times this year and I'll be more than satisfied. 
  • Before the jump, let's talk about the Strikeforce poll tonight.  The text-to-vote poll featured tonight was "Would you like to see UFC fighters take on Strikeforce fighters?"  The results were overwhelming, with 96% voting yes.  Dana White is good at listening to the fans, we'll see if it's still business as usual for long.
Discussion on the rest of the card after the jump!
  • Gilbert Melendez crushed Tatsuya Kawajiri (pun shamelessly intended) with absolute ease.  I expected a great fight, but not a great finish.  If there was ever a doubt that Melendez is a top lightweight, it should be erased after tonight.  Looking at rankings, as pointless as they are, he should have been able to walk right through Kawajiri, and he did just that.  THIS is what should happen to overmatched fighters, they get walked through by the superior fighter.  None of that "play it safe because the opponent has nothing to lose" business.  
  • Kawajiri is a quality lightweight though, expect him to stick around and come back strong.  Maybe against Lyle Beerbohm?
  • Also, props to Melendez for opening his mouth and calling for a unification.  He got bold and said he was the best lightweight on the planet, he named names, and made his point.  That's how you get shit done, and that's how you get paid in MMA.  If Dana White wasn't too interested in Melendez before tonight, he should be hunting to get him sent to the UFC ASAP now.
  • Forget about the draw between Gegard Mousasi and Keith Jardine for a moment.  Jardine is CONSTANTLY criticized for his jaw.  He comes in, fights the very tough, young Mousasi on a weeks notice.  Regardless of the result, respect to Jardine for the performance he put on tonight.
  • That said, that point deduction was silly.  As well as the ref's beard, and how it parted in the middle, as if he had two separate entities on his chin.
  • Shinya Aoki looked damn good tonight, but we know that a good wrestler has the answer to him.  Aoki should work hard to fill those gaps in his game, and look to build up some steam in US promotions, because North American MMA needs as many exciting submission fighters as possible.
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