“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” takes place April 9th inside the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. While the card won’t feature the second-leg of the company’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, as originally intended, it will host a pair of spectacular championship affairs.
Lightweight king Gilbert Melendez will put his crown on the line against Japanese star Tatsuya Kawajiri in the card’s co-featured contest, while welterweight champion Nick Diaz defends his belt against Paul Daley in the night’s main event.
Based off the official event poster, it appears Strikeforce is angling for an America vs. England battle. The San Jose, California based promotion couldn’t have chosen two bigger bad boys to represent their respective countries.
Showtime will broadcast the main bouts beginning at 10PM ET/PT.
Here are the athletes expected to participate in Strikeforce’s debut in San Diego:
KJ Noons vs. TBD
Shinya Aoki vs. TBD
Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce Lightweight Champion)
Paul Daley vs. Nick Diaz (Strikeforce Welterweight Champion)