Paul Daley on Nick Diaz: I’m going to smash him and take his beltPosted on March 7, 2011, 09:46 PM by Joey Santosus
"There’s no way he’ll stand up with me. He might think he wants to but his coaches won’t allow it; Cesar Gracie’s a great coach and he won’t want him trading punches. He’s a really dangerous grappler but he’s got to get in close enough to make it work and I’m not going to give him the chance."
"I’m going to smash him within three rounds ... (and) take his belt. We do have a more complex game plan than that but that’s as simple as I can break it down at the minute. - For complete interview visit MMAHQ.com
After knocking out Scott Smith in the opening round of his Strikeforce debut back in December, Paul "Semtex" Daley was immediately offered a title shot against current Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz. In the meantime, Daley decided to risk the opportunity by taking a fight against Yuya Shirai at last month's BAMMA 5 event. Although the promotion's vacant 170-pound strap was no longer on the line due to the Brit's failure to make the required weight, it took Daley less than two-minutes to earn his second consecutive knockout victory.
On April 9th Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz will make his third title defense when he meets Paul Daley in the main event at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. Also featured will be a Lightweight title clash between division champ Gilbert Melendez and Japanese stand-out Tatsuya Kawajiri, as well as a Light Heavyweight showdown between former Champion Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle.
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