Strikeforce Results: Nick Diaz Breaks Paul Daley, Muddles Welterweight Division

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Strikeforce Results: Nick Diaz Breaks Paul Daley, Muddles Welterweight Division

Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley in San Diego was an unmitigated success when viewed through the lens of the new, UFC-Strikeforce joint venture.

Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz showed exactly why he's won 10 straight contests and stopped nine of those unfortunate souls. The pound-for-pound beast made effective use of his granite skull while ripping through a game challenger in Paul "Semtex" Daley.

Additionally, Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez savaged Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri on the way to his fifth straight win and second successful title defense. Melendez justifiably proclaimed himself to be the best 155-pounder in the sport, and it's hard to argue with him after the elbow-driven first-round TKO of Kawajiri, a man who pushed Gilbert the full 15 when they met in Pride back in 2006.

The Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teammates represent the biggest jewels in the just-acquired stables who aren't plying their trades at 265 pounds (heavyweight), so resounding victories for both is just what the doctor ordered for Dana White, et al.

In fact, it doesn't even matter that another brutal effort by the judges resulted in a lopsided draw between Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi and Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine.

Even that battle was entertaining, as were Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki's 93 seconds of work against Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm, which ended in the latter's submission to a neck crank. Consequently, everyone atop the nebulous new hierarchy has to be smiling from ear to ear.

Nevertheless, on a night littered with good news, the most exciting item came courtesy of welterweight kingpin, Nick Diaz.


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