MMA Knockout of the Day: Daley, Tucks In, Reads a Story and Puts Smith to Sleep

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IJune 3, 2011

In what was a "Knockout of the Year" contender, Paul Daley knocked out Scott Smith at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu.

The fight begins pretty normally, Daley showcases his boxing skills and does a nice job of attacking Smith early on. Eventually, Daley catches Smith with a nice right hand and Smith falls to the mat.

So already a couple minutes in Daley already has the upper hand, pounding Smith's head with a few good strikes while he is in turtle mode.  Then a little later on, Paul Daley shows why he calls his left hand "Semtex".

Connecting with a short punch Daley drops Smith whose body falls to the mat face first and is completely devoid of life.

Now I'm not one to give Daley a big hand, especially since the incident with Josh Koscheck where he punched Koscheck after the bell, but he deserves a lot of credit for this knockout.

After this bout Daley went on to beat Yuya Shirai, but would lose by first round TKO to Nick Diaz in the Strikeforce welterweight title bout.

Unfortunately for Smith, since this December 2010 bout he hasn't had a fight. Maybe its out of embarrassment or maybe its because of the sheer lack of competition within Strikeforce.

I'll go with the latter.

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