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Paul Daley On Nick Diaz: “I’ll Smash Him Within Three Rounds”

Strikeforce Welterweight Championion Nick Diaz (24-7, 1 NC) will be looking for his 10th consecutive victory when he defends against notorious British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley (26-9-2) on Saturday, April 9 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

It will be the third title defense for Diaz, a Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt who was superlative en route to turning back a determined bid by challenger Evangelista Cyborg and scoring an impressive second-round submission (armbar) in his last outing this past January.

Meanwhile, Daley is on a four-fight win streak, and has won eight of his last nine bouts. In his debut with the promotion last December, “Semtex” demolished Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith, knocking him out with a single, perfectly placed, ferocious counter left hook at 2:09 of the opening round. He went on to outclass Yuya Shirai last month in Manchester, England to secure the title shot.

“I am a striker – there is no secret about that,” Daley said. “I like to knock people out quickly and aggressively. No one in MMA hits like me. I’m faster and more explosive than Diaz. Diaz doesn’t have good wrestling. There is no way he’Il stand with me. I’ll smash him within three rounds. I will knock him out.”

Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley takes place on April 9, 2011 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The main card will be televised live on Showtime.