Paul Daley eyes Nick Diaz rematch, says fight with "Cyborg" Santos should crown a new Welterweight ChampionPosted on June 15, 2011, 02:12 PM by Joey Santosus
"I would suggest, if I was promoting it, that the next fight is for the title. Nothing's been said but, to me, it makes sense, Nick Diaz vacates the title, we were the last two guys to contend for the Strikeforce welterweight title, so it's the only thing that makes sense to me."
"I want a Diaz rematch. If Diaz loses to GSP and my fight's for the title, I'll get the title and then use it to line up a rematch with Diaz. I know it's within my power to beat Diaz. It sounds stupid because I lost to him, but had I not have got caught with a certain shot around the two-minute mark, I wouldn't have been fighting on instinct and the fight would have been a lot different. - For more from Paul Daley, visit ESPN.com
After debuting in December with a dramatic knockout victory over Scott Smith, Paul Daley was immediately granted a shot at Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz. In what was quickly touted "round of the year," Daley and Diaz went toe-to-toe for the opening five-minutes of the bout, exchanging heavy shots before "Semtex" eventually found himself unable to recover from a flurry of punches in the waning moments of the first round. The victory marked Diaz's third consecutive title defense, and with a lack of legitimate contenders for the Strikeforce belt, the Stockton Bad Boy has since abandoned the throne in favor of signing with the UFC and challenging Georges St. Pierre.
With the strap now up for grabs, Daley is set to meet another former title contender in Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who came up short against Diaz just under three months prior to the Brit. While both men have a legitimate claim as contenders, prospects such as undefeated Tyron Woodley also await their own crack at the belt. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Should the July 30th match-up between Daley and Santos crown a new Champion or should they first have to go through Woodley?
Photo: Paul Daley at a press conference for UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Hotel on December 30, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker