MMA Knockout of the Day: Nick Diaz Floors Paul Daley
Here's a knockout from recent memory, Nick Diaz putting the kibosh on Paul Daley.
Diaz rolled into this fight facing arguably his hardest opponent as Strikeforce welterweight champion. Daley was no pushover, giving Diaz a run for his money in the first round.
In a great display of boxing by both opponents, the round went back and forth between Daley and Diaz. Daley had Diaz at one point, and the end of Diaz's reign as welterweight champion was on the line.
Diaz quickly got back up and threw a barrage of punches at Daley, stunning the former top contender in the UFC's welterweight division.
Then, while Diaz was backing away, a phantom punch sent Daley to the ground. Who knows what happened to Daley when he fell.
Diaz did what he had to do to win and ended up retaining his belt. Now Diaz might be making the move to boxing due to what he deems as low pay (Diaz made $175,000 for this fight) and no talent left to face him. It is a pretty smart move on Diaz's part to make the move to boxing.
Unless Georges St-Pierre does what everybody predicts and beats Diaz's good friend, Jake Shields at UFC 129, then Diaz can step in against GSP and have a shot at the UFC belt when they unify the belts with Strikeforce.
Daley on the other hand now has a tough road back into the UFC if they do merge with Strikeforce. UFC president Dana White has made it known that Daley is not welcome back in the UFC after his sucker punch to Josh Koscheck.
After all that, though, it's still most likely going to be Diaz's biggest highlight fight for the rest of the year in MMA.
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