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Old 09-11-2010, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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PAUL DALEY "I'd Love To Fight Nick Diaz"


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The news of Paul Daley's signing with Strikeforce may have been a bit premature, but that's not to say he won't end up there after his bout on Saturday night in Shark Fights where he faces Jorge Masvidal.

Appearing on MMAWeekly Radio Thursday night, Daley says that there have been talks with Strikeforce, and he hopes to make an announcement about his next deal shortly after Saturday's fight.

The opportunities for Daley are plentiful, and as a top ten welterweight there are always going to be challenges for him in any organization. One particular fight that interests the British bomber is a potential Strikeforce welterweight title shot against reigning champion Nick Diaz.

Daley has never been short on words for any opponent, but in Diaz he sees someone he respects tremendously, and he considers himself a fan. Still, he knows if the two of them end up in the cage together it would be fireworks.

"Nick Diaz – great fighter. It took me a while to come round to it. As a person people say he's a bit of a (expletive), that sort of stuff, but as a fighter I'm a huge Nick Diaz fan," Daley said. "A lot of people say stuff about his boxing and everything, I think he's a fantastic boxer. He's one of my favorite fighters at the moment."

Diaz is currently awaiting his first official title defense as Strikeforce champion when he faces K.J. Noons on Oct. 9 in San Jose, Calif. Daley believes Diaz will still be holding his belt after that night, and also confesses he's not much of a fan of Noons.

"K.J. Noons, I wouldn't say he's one of my favorite fighters. I don't think too much of him, and I think Nick Diaz should put him away pretty easily," Daley commented.

Since exiting the UFC, Daley's biggest hope has been to find the biggest fights against the toughest opponents. He says Diaz is exactly that type of fighter, and he hopes the match-up can be put together.

"We'll see where I'm at because I'd love to fight Nick Diaz," Daley said. "Outside of the UFC, he's probably the biggest name out there, most highly rated. I think he's a badass, and I want to test myself."

Rocketing into the top ten after blasting Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett in back-to-back fights, Daley has earned his spot among the best welterweights in the world. A fight against Diaz would be another big test for Daley, and he welcomes the chance.

"I'm looking for fights that are going to motivate me. I'm not short of motivation because I love fighting, but I'm looking for something that will give me that extra intensity, and make me want to lock myself away and make me want to give 110 percent in everything that I'm doing. I think Nick Diaz would be a great fight for me," Daley stated.

"If that could happen at some point in the future, I'd really look forward to it."
Source.... http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...2563&zoneid=13

Man oh man.... I couldn't think of a more exciting fight for Daley... even in the UFC... this fight would be fireworks...

I think Diaz is game enough to stand for a while with Paul..but ultimatly he'd take him down and win via submission IMO.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unless Daley comes into Strikeforce on a win streak I think he should have at least one fight before getting Diaz. I know he has a win coming off of Impact FC but for the general public he needs one more or else he will look exactly like a UFC reject!
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Unless Daley comes into Strikeforce on a win streak I think he should have at least one fight before getting Diaz. I know he has a win coming off of Impact FC but for the general public he needs one more or else he will look exactly like a UFC reject!
He went 2-1 in the UFC and came off a contender fight... he's not UFC reject... had he not socked Kos, Dana and Joe were in love with him..
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I would love to see this fight! It would be a good one standing but I see Daley taking it if Diaz can't get this fight to the ground.
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Well Diaz is more lanky than Daley so I can see him somehow taking it to the ground. I don't think Daley's wrestling is at a level to counter Diaz's BJJ!
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Well Diaz is more lanky than Daley so I can see him somehow taking it to the ground. I don't think Daley's wrestling is at a level to counter Diaz's BJJ!
Nah, Diaz smokes Daley on the ground... but they should slug it out for a couple of minutes before hand...

Plus bottom line they both bring the pain. So it's would definatly be one of those fights where you don't want to blink.
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Yeah and Diaz's boxing doesn't suck either. He has some good experience!
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This might be the most exciting fight for him outside the UFC. We could a nice standup fight for the couple of minutes, but Diaz would still get him to the ground and submit Daley.

I still want to see Daley vs Alves. What a standup war would that be.
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After last night I find it very hard to believe that Daley could win this fight but who knows. I thought Daley's striking was overrated till he destroyed Kampmann then I started to buy into it. Last night again he looked overrated so who knows. I think Daley is falling to in love with his power so he isn't setting his strikes up well. Diaz doesn't even have power he will just keep hitting you till eventually it hurts.
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And that helped with his fight against Scott Smith. One of the ways he defeated Smith was by picking him apart with his jabs, which obviously weren't hard but with repetition he took Smith apart and got the submission in!
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