LowKick.com Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley PredictionsPosted on April 8, 2011, 08:33 AM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce Welterweight Title: Nick Diaz (c) vs. Paul Daley
Top Prediction: Nick Diaz via Submission in Round 3
Joey Santosus: Logic says that Diaz will make the smart move here and capitalize on Daley's glaring weaknesses. With that said, when has Nick ever been a logical fighter? Paul Daley via 1st Rnd (T)KO.
Ryan Ventura: A classic clash of styles, this fight could be one for the ages! Nick Diaz is no Josh Koscheck and I don't expect him to take down Paul Daley at will. If Daley can keep it standing, he'll break Diaz' iron chin. Paul Daley, 2nd Round KO.
Anton Gurevich: Maybe it’s the lack of trash talk, but Nick Diaz looks slightly unmotivated for this one. Paul Daley is the most powerful striker in Welterweight division, with a proven ability to knock out anyone with one punch. I have a strong feeling that Nick Diaz will go down in Round 2.
Strikeforce Lightweight Title: Gilbert Melendez (c) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Top Prediction: Gilbert Melendez via Decision
Joey Santosus: Kawajiri looked impressive shutting down Josh Thomson in his latest bout, but I expect him to have a hard time adjusting to the cage Saturday. Furthermore, Melendez has become a much more dynamic fighter since defeating Kawajiri in 2006, something I can't say with much confidence about his Japanese counterpart. Gilbert Melendez via Unanimous Decision.
Ryan Ventura: Gilbert Melendez in my opinion is THE number one Lightweight in the world. A combination of his wrestling and stand up make him a threat for everyone. However, Tatsuya Kawajiri shocked the world and made easy work of Josh Thomson. I think he could do the same to El Nino. Tatsuya Kawajiri via Decision.
Anton Gurevich: I think ring rust might be an issue for Melendez, but still, it’s a little bit hard to pick against one of the best Lightweights in the World. Melendez is a well-rounded fighter, and I’m quite confident he’ll have answer for everything Kawajiri prepares for him. Melendez via Decision.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine
Top Prediction: Mousasi via TKO in Round 2
Joey Santosus: Tough break here for Jardine. He finally gets another shot at the big stage and its against Mousasi. In the days leading up the fight, "The Dean of Mean" has talked about starting aggressive and pushing the pace. If he's sincere, this shouldn't end well the Jackson's MMA product. Gegard Mousasi via 1st Rnd (T)KO.
Ryan Ventura: Keith Jardine is taking this fight last minute against Gegard Mousasi. This fight will be a stand up battle and Mousasi's K-1 Caliber striking will be too much for The Dean of Mean. Gegard Mousasi, 1st TKO.
Anton Gurevich: Jardine is a veteran of this sport, and a great fighter. But still, in my opinion Gegard Mousasi is simply a better fighter. It will be a great striking battle with Gegard Mousasi getting a finish in Round 3.
Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm
Top Prediction: Aoki via Submission in Round 1
Joey Santosus: There's potential for an upset here. Aoki hasn't looked great as of late and Beerbohm has a lot to prove coming off his first loss. It’s a tough pick, but for the sake of JMMA, let’s hope Aoki pulls it off. Shinya Aoki via 2nd Rnd Submission.
Ryan Ventura: Shinya Aoki will not repeat his performance in his last Strikeforce appearance. I expect a motivated Tobikan Judan to bring his A game against Lyle Beerbohm. Shinya Aoki, 1st Round Submission.
Anton Gurevich: It’s hard to picture Shinya Aoki losing this fight. Following the embarrassment at the New Year’s Eve in Japan, Aoki owes a victory to himself and to his fans. He has to win this fight. Baka Survivor via Sub in Round 1.
Photos: Esther Lin for STRIKEFORCE