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In his last bout before rejoining the UFC, Nick Diaz defended his welterweight strap one last time in a back-and-forth one-round war at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.
Diaz held a clear advantage in the grappling department, but the Californian stubbornly decided to go blow for blow with one of the sport's most feared strikers.
Daley swarmed Diaz early, dropping the Cesar Gracie pupil and roughing him up a bit on the ground. But roughly 1:30 into the fight, a fired up Diaz turned the tides and began finding his rhythm with dirty boxing up against the cage.
Daley, however, continued to sting Diaz back and eventually caught the champ and dropped him with a vicious left hook with 1:25 left in the round.
He got rocked and hammered on the ground, but Diaz ultimately recovered and bounced back to his feet with 35 seconds to go.
Fifteen seconds later, a pissed off Diaz began assaulting Daley up against the fence. An uppercut and a looping hook from Diaz then wobbled Daley and sent him crashing to the canvas.
Diaz pounced on the Englishman and dropped enough ground-and-pound for referee "Big" John McCarthy to call the momentous bout with three seconds left in the first round.