After hearing Strikeforce welterweight king Nick Diaz wasn’t impressed with his mixed martial arts game, potential top contender Paul Daley fired back by threatening to flatten Diaz’s face.
“I hit unlike any other welterweight in MMA,” Daley told MMAHour on Monday. “I will knock Diaz out. I will knock him out.”
After years of division hopping, Mr. 209 has emerged an elite fighter since settling in the welterweight class in early 2010. Although Diaz hasn’t dropped a scrap since November 2007, which came in a controversial stoppage due to a cut he received at the hands of KJ Noons, Daley claims the champ hasn’t seen anyone nearly as explosive as himself.
“Nick doesn’t have great wrestling. Most of his takedowns come from the clinch or he’s dropping guys with body-shots, but that ain’t gonna happen with me,” he stated. “Yeah he’s fast, but he’s not explosive like me when it comes to MMA. He’s got great conditioning, yeah, but what happens when I’m moving three or four times as fast as anybody he’s fought in the past? How’s he going to deal with that?”
It all could be a moot point, as Daley is risking his next dibs status by competing for a UK-based MMA organization on February 26th. While Strikeforce allows their athletes to compete for other promotions, company CEO Scott Coker said the welterweight “decks will get reshuffled” should Daley lose to Yuya Shirai at BAMMA 5.
Although Coker didn’t relay the message directly to Daley, the Brit anticipated that would be the case. He believes if title shots are earned by stockpiling impressive wins, they should be lost when that doesn’t occur – regardless of what banner the fight is under.
“It wasn’t told to me I risked the title shot, but I accept that,” Daley said. “If you are a contender or in a position to contend for the title and you fight … and you’ve lost, why should you still be the No. 1 contender for Strikeforce? So, although they didn’t tell me when I took the fight, I wouldn’t expect it any other way.”