Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Results: Ranking the Top 10 Welterweights in MMA
It wasn't the prettiest win ever, but Nick Diaz's victories never are the cleanest. After getting rocked by Paul Daley multiple times, Nick Diaz was able to rebound and finish Daley by technical knockout.
With the win, Diaz is now unquestionably the best welterweight outside of the UFC, but Daley showed that he is still a threat to anyone that is willing to stand with him.
Let's find out where these two controversial fighters stand in the welterweight picture after their fight.
10. Martin Kampmann
While Martin Kampmann is on the first losing streak of his career, he could just as easily have won his last four fights depending on who was judging his last two bouts against Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez. Kampmann mangled Sanchez's face for three rounds but lost in a unanimous decision.
Still Kampmann's only losses in the last six years are against elite fighters in Nate Marquardt, Paul Daley, Shields and Sanchez. Kampmann's wins over Paulo Thiago and Carlos Condit also help his case for taking the last spot on this list.
9. Diego Sanchez
It didn't come without controversy, but Diego Sanchez's victory over Martin Kampmann was his second straight win over a highly-regarded welterweight after defeating Paulo Thiago in his prior fight.
Sanchez's next opponent remains unknown, but it seems likely that he would be mixing it up with another top 10 welterweight.
8. Paul Daley
Not often can a fighter take anything positive away from a first-round knockout loss, but Paul Daley can after his fight against Nick Diaz. On more than one occasion, Daley had Diaz hurt badly, and it appeared that Strikeforce was about to crown a new champion.
Daley is now 15-4 in his last 19 fights. Daley's four losses have come against solid competition in Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck, Nick Thompson and Diaz.
7. Nick Diaz
With his win over Paul Daley, Nick Diaz extended his unbeaten streak to 10 fights. During that time, Diaz has defeated Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, Marius Zaromskis, Hayato Sakurai, K.J. Noons, Evangelista Santos and Daley.
Diaz was not nearly this successful in his time with the UFC around five years ago, so it would be interesting to see how he matches up with UFC welterweights now.
6. Josh Koscheck
Still recovering from the eye surgery that he was forced to undergo after his fight with Georges St-Pierre, Josh Koscheck's time to become a champion is running out. The 33-year-old has been unable to put together a string of more than three wins in over four years.
Still, Koscheck holds one of the most impressive records in the welterweight division with wins over Paul Daley, Anthony Johnson, Frank Trigg, Chris Lytle and Diego Sanchez.
5. Jake Shields
Although he is fighting for the UFC Welterweight Championship, Jake Shields still does not get the credit he deserves for his current 15-fight winning streak. During the streak that dates back more than five years, Shields has won against Martin Kampmann, Dan Henderson, Jason Miller, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, Nick Thompson, Mike Pyle, Carlos Condit and Yushin Okami.
Despite the streak, Shields' stock took a hit in his last fight, which he won in a disputable decision against Kampmann. In his title fight against Georges St-Pierre, Shields will get the chance to show that he is better than he showed in that fight with Kampmann, though.
4. Thiago Alves
If Thiago Alves hadn't fought two guys named Jon Fitch and Georges St-Pierre, he may have had a very similar streak going compared to that of Jake Shields. It's hard to penalize Alves for losing to those fighters, though, so he gets the slight nod over Shields for now.
Alves has also spent more time in the welterweight division that Shields has as of late. Alves has picked up wins over Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan and John Howard. Alves' next fight will come against the underrated Rick Story at UFC 130 in May 2011.
3. B.J. Penn
Despite his low amount of fights at welterweight, B.J. Penn has proven that he is one of the best fighters in the world at 170 pounds.
Penn's only losses at welterweight have come against Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes. Penn has also defeated Hughes twice and fought to a draw against Jon Fitch.
Penn and Fitch were scheduled to fight in a rematch, but both fighters were forced to pull out of the fight due to injury.
2. Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch's quest to finally earn another shot at the tile came to an abrupt halt with his draw against B.J. Penn at UFC 127 in February 2011. Fitch had been slated to fight Penn again but was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury.
Despite the draw, Fitch's only loss in the last eight years came against Georges St-Pierre.
1. Georges St-Pierre
On an eight-fight winning streak against some of the best welterweights in the world, Georges St-Pierre may be running into one of his toughest tests against Jake Shields at UFC 129.
With a win over Shields, St-Pierre would defend his title for a sixth consecutive time and could be ready for a super fight with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. However, St-Pierre has quieted talks of that fight recently by saying that he would need a long time to gain the weight necessary for fighting the middleweight.