It’s the first major Strikeforce event under the Zuffa banner. Will things be business as usual in San Diego or will we see noticeable changes to the Showtime product? All the action takes place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California and as always, FiveOuncesofPain.com will bring you complete results along with a round by round recap of all the live televised action.
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is headlined by a Strikeforce Welterweight Title fight between jiu-jitsu black belt and champion Nick Diaz, defending his belt against knockout artist Paul Daley. That’s not the only title on the line though as the co-main event pits Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez defending against Japanese sensation Tatsuya Kawajiri. Also on the card is former Strikeforce 205 champ Gegard Mousasi battling veteran Keith Jardine and Lyle Beerbohm taking on submission ace Shinya Aoki.
Casey Ryan def. Paul Song via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Rolando Perez def. Edgar Cardenas via Unanimous Decision
Herman Terrado def. A.J. Matthews via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Joe Duarte def. Saad Awad via Submission Round 2 (Armbar)
Virgil Zwicker def. Brett Albee via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Robert Peralta def. Hiroyuki Takaya via Split Decision
Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm
Round One: Beerbohm clinched early but Aoki got him down, quickly got the back, and locked on a neck crank. Beerbohm held on for a bit but then tapped out.
Result: Shinya Aoki def. Lyle Beerbohm via Submission Round 1 (Neck Crank)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine
Round One: Jardine got an early takedown off a leg kick but Mousasi was right back up. A lot of swinging and missing on the feet for Jardine. Jardine clinched, ate some elbows, but worked hard and got the takedown. Mousasi got up with relative ease though and took no damage. Mousasi hit Jardine with some big short punches in the clinch, including uppercuts. Jardine looked very tired but got another takedown. Mousasi caught Jardine with an illegal up-kick, which allowed Jardine to take a rest before continuing. The ref took a point from Mousasi. Mousasi landed a couple of good flurries but Jardine caught him with a good knee. Mousasi continued to catch Jardine in the exchanges. Close round. Jardine landed multiple takedowns but did nothing with them and Mousasi since plenty more damage. With the point deduction though, it’s an even round. 5OZ scores the round 9-9.
Round Two: Jardine landing good leg kicks to start the round. Mousasi landing the cleaner punches but Jardine hanging tough and firing back. Jardine’s face bloodied up thanks to the jab of Mousasi. Jardine got a takedown but Mousasi was quickly up again. Mousasi connecting with almost everything he’s throwing. Jardine keeps coming and getting takedown though, but he’s not able to hold down Mousasi. Mousasi continued to pick apart Jardine on the feet as the round ended. Clear round for Mousasi. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi.
Round Three: Jardine got caught with a knee to the groin early, which caused a break, but Jardine fought on. Mousasi fended off a takedown, got a takedown of his own, and almost finished Jardine with a guillotine choke but Jardine got his head out. Mousasi got another takedown and got to mount but Jardine used the cage to push off and escape. Mousasi continued to batter Jardine with punches before Mousasi’s mouthpiece fell out. After a quick break, the fight continued. Mousasi got another takedown and roughed up Jardine with short punches and elbows. Jardine went for a last second armbar but time ran out. Another dominant round for Mousasi. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi and the fight 29-27 for Mousasi.
Result: Gegard Mousasi and Keith Jardine fight to a Majority Draw
Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Round One: Melendez dropped Kawajiri early with a right hand but Kawajiri quickly recovered and got up. Melendez then caught Kawajiri with a couple of knees and more right hands. After taking a head kick, Melendez stunned Kawajiri with knees in the clinch, which forced Kawajiri to retreat. Melendez got the back of Kawajiri standing, where he landed some heavy punches before Kawajiri could escape. Melendez continued to tag Kawajiri with a right hand. Kawajiri shot in, got caught with an uppercut, and went to his back. Melendez moved right to mount and finished Kawajiri with a series of elbows.
Result: Gilbert Melendez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO Round 1 (Strikes) to retain the Strikeforce Lightweight Title
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley
Round One: Diaz immediately taunts and trash talks. Daley stunned Diaz with a left hook but Diaz got up, ate a couple more punches, and composed himself. Diaz caught Daley with a flurry, including multiple body shots that stunned Daley and had Daley going for a takedown. Diaz welcomed the takedown but got to his feet. Diaz started tagging Daley but Daley hung in there and fired back. Daley swinging wild while Diaz stays composed. Big left hook dropped Diaz but he survived and went to his back. Daley tried to pounce and finish him but Diaz stayed composed. Daley backed off and let him up. Diaz stumbled Daley late and Daley did a flop to his back. Diaz swarmed on him and with just seconds remaining the ref stopped the fight.
Result: Nick Diaz def. Paul Daley via TKO Round 1 (Strikes) to retain the Strikeforce Welterweight Title