Paul Daley made his return to the United States against Kazuo Misaki in a welterweight battle on the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey fight card.
Daley showed his improving wrestling skills, but unfortunately couldn't get his striking going against Misaki, who was making his welterweight debut.
With his improved wrestling, Daley got Misaki down in the third round and landed a serious blow that opened a nice and pretty cut on the face of the Japanese welterweight.
This cut prompted the ringside doctor to come in and examine the cut, and allowed Misaki to continue.
Misaki showed true heart and, in the end, took a split-decision victory over Daley.
What we'll remember about this fight:
Daley actually got multiple takedowns. I think that is what we should take away from this.
What we learned about Paul Daley:
I repeat, Daley had multiple takedowns. I didn't think this day would ever come, but it did, and Daley is actually improving into a multi-skilled fighter. He looked bad in the first, but I think the sign here is that he is improving as a fighter and improving his ground game.
What we learned about Kazuo Misaki:
Misaki looked good at 170 lbs. Misaki's striking and ground game looked solid against Daley.
What's next for Daley:
His next fight could be back in England, but he needs a fight against someone beatable in Strikeforce, as he has now suffered his third consecutive loss for the promotion.
What's next for Misaki:
Misaki made his promotional debut for Strikeforce and showed he can be a force at 170 lbs. I can't think of any challengers for Tyron Woodley, but Misaki could be that man.