Strikeforce will be presenting their first major event since being purchased by Zuffa, LLC tonight as Strikeforce Welterweight Championion Nick Diaz (24-7, 1 NC) will face British slugger Paul “Semtex” Daley (26-9-2) tonight at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The main card will air live on Showtime.
It will be the third title defense for Diaz, who most recently defended the belt against a game Evangelista Cyborg by defeating his opponent via 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 in Manchester, England to secure the title shot.
The two faced off at the pre-fight press conference and had an intense staredown, which you can check out below. And don’t forget to check back this afternoon for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.