Tyron Woodley delivering a solid right hand
This will be a very interesting matchup. The quintessential striker versus grappler will be on display between these two warriors.
Paul "Semtex" Daley will surely be looking to get back on a winning streak after his defeat to Nick Diaz back in April, whereas the undefeated Tyron "The Wood" Woodley will be ready to make a statement with a decisive victory over an upper eschelon competitor such as Daley.
Daley is not only known for the dynamite in his punches and his well-deserved nickname "Semtex," but for his brash, arrogant demeanor both in and out of the cage.
This demeanor quite possibly cost him a victory against Diaz. Rocking the Stockton native with stand-up strikes, Diaz goated Daley into following him to the mat, where "Semtex" was out of his element in that matchup.
Recovering from the punches, Diaz flipped the tables and unloaded a barrage of unanswered strikes at Daley until the fight was called at 4:57 of Round 1.
Understanding that Daley has had issues in the past against strong wrestlers, work on his take-down defense and jiu-jitsu skills needs to improve; otherwise, he will continue to exist as a one-dimensional fighter.
Considering Daley's persona, he will be looking to make a statement against Woodley in this matchup on Saturday and over-commit to his strikes leaving himself open for the take-down.
At 8-0, Woodley will be stepping up in competition, featured on the main card action beyond the Challengers level.
With Muhammed Ali-esque confidence, Woodley already believes that "he is the greatest."
His MMA resume would speak in opposition to that mindset. To date, Woodley's toughest competition has been against the aforementioned Tarec Saffiedine, in which he secured a unanimous decision victory.
A strong athlete with a Division I wrestling pedigree, "T-Wood" will need to secure numerous take-downs against Daley to ground the hard-hitting Brit and control the fight on the mat.
Daley's glaring lack of take-down defense, overall grappling ability and an absence of a jiu-jitsu presence will be exposed against the very solid grappler in Woodley.
I predict that Tyron Woodley will remain undefeated and continue to rise through the Strikeforce welterweight division.
Winner: Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision