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Teammates retain titles at action packed “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Daley”

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.

PRELIMINARY CARD

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

MAIN CARD

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

33 COMMENTS
  • Creature says:

    Beerbohm by dec
    Mousasi by tko round 1
    Melendez by dec
    Diaz by sub round 3

  • Dufresne says:

    They may be owned by Zuffa now, but Strikeforce’s commentators still suck.

  • Dufresne says:

    And as always the judges are complate morons.

  • Dufresne says:

    Random question. Now that Zuffa owns strikeforce, what’s gonna happen with EA: MMA and THQ’s UFC: Undisputed?

  • Dufresne says:

    Well Melendez made me look stupid thinking this would go to decision…

  • Dufresne says:

    Damn! I’ve never seen Diaz get rocked like that bscore!

  • Dufresne says:

    That was an awesome fight! Especially for only being one round. Holy crap that was fun to watch!

  • sides666 says:

    I was wondering about the video game thing as well dufresne should be interesting. That was an awesome card from top to bottom. I was impressed with diaz that was an insane round of action, His chin is granite, he gotted tagged and bounced right back. Melendez was as good as ever, i would love to see him and edgar fight. I thought moussasi was the clear winner, jardine looked not bad considering the situation. Aoki is the man on the ground, awesome submission.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Diaz fought an incredibly stupid fight, playing right into Daley’s wheelhouse and taking a tremendous amount of damage within a few minutes, but still managed to win. So while I think it was stupid, it’s sort of all the more impressive at the same time that Diaz won yet again.

    I’d put Diaz on the Koschek level in terms of WW ranking now. The only guys I don’t see him being extremely competitive with or beating are Fitch & GSP.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Damn! I’ve never seen Diaz get rocked like that bscore!

    It’s been a loooong time since Diaz got rocked like he did tonight…

    http://mmavideolinks.to/fighter-videos/130/1198-nick-diaz-vs-jeremy-jackson-1.html

  • Rich S. says:

    I’m learning faster and faster that Strikeforce is the show to watch if you want to see fights finished.

    Diaz is scary. I’d argue that he has the best Jiu Jitsu in MMA right now, yet he can win any given fight by knockout. There’s just no way to counteract that.

    Dufresne, I read recently that EA hasn’t announced any plans to renew the MMA series, while UFC has a contract with THQ through 2018 (I believe).

  • Creature says:

    Wow that was one hell of a card.. i was impressed with gilbert but i think edgar would pick him apart, hes much faster and technical, gilbert tends to swing wild alot and that would be his downfall. and maynard id also give the edge to, stand up would be pretty even, slight edge to maynard, but wrestling def to maynard.. but still very impressed.

    man i thought both diaz and daley were both done multiple times in that fight.. impressed with diaz tho yet again. but i still believe GSP and Fitch would take him. prolly Kos as well. id like to see diaz fight Condit now. and i bet Daley will be job hunting again soon haha

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Did Gus Johnson have lipstick on or was it just me?????
    Lyle played right into Aokis hands, that was just a nastyt neck crank
    I get the draw, if the judges gave Keith rd 1 plus another point from Gegard yes it was a draw. But I though Keith lost rd 1, all the takedowns were great but he only landed 2 ground strikes so they were pointless. What Jardine did was prove his chin is not made of glass and even on 1 weeks notice he has some serious guts and talent.
    Damm Gilbert really wanted to impress somebody tonight.
    Same for Diaz went down just like I though it would only quicker and better than I hoped.
    Great night yet again by strikeforce

  • Richard Stabone says:

    C’mon, let’s be real… Mousasi, point deduction or not, worked over Jardine pretty much as we all expected. He won that fight. But he does seem a bit nonchalant in there. There isn’t a relevant champ in MMA with (close to) zero take down defense like Gegard, so he can either be a really good fighter who never gets to the next level, or he can improve his all around game. He’s young, should have plenty of time to do so…it’s just that his nonchalant demeanor makes him a puzzling dude to try to figure out/predict.

  • Creature says:

    and about the game, hopefully Zuffa and the UFC take this opportunity to better the ufc game, there is a LOT of things the EA MMA game had that the UFC game could use to improve on. hopefully it happens, UFC + Strikeforce Roster Combined with the good aspects of both games.. could be great

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I can’t get enough of Diaz. Comes out and just dares Daley to hit him, gets him all flustered and swinging wild , takes his best shot and still knocks him out before end of 1st round.

    Diaz would be a tough draw for any 170 pound fighter. GSP included.

  • Creature says:

    @Richard.. that would be mousassi’s downfall if he fights hendo

  • king mah mah says:

    Diaz! Diaz! Diaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So glad he beat that lil’ bitch!!!!!

    Daley can swing after the bell all he wants, but he will still lose!!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • king mah mah says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWW MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Diaz kicked my ass for real?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  • Rece Rock says:

    Gus Johnson needs to lay off the makeup, and should stay home next time… Still trying to figure out why he woud suggest cung li vs anderson silva as a must see match up?? yeah gus lets set up cain velasquez vs bobby lashley while your at it…?

    Fancy Pants had the worst idea of shootin in and clinchin right off the bat with shinya… i think every one knew it was a wrap as soon as he did that… and please sf announcers stop with the meth addict/ jail background stuff believe me we get it but if i was a new viewer id think u basicaly put a crackhead in with japans lw champ…?

    Jardine although not showing much improvement has proven to be tough as nails but next time out hopefully he gets a full camp in and fights better…gegard you gotta finish fights and fight with urgency this isnt japan, he has to go for the kill n be thinking i gotta finish this fight asap…but he let jardine linger and keep getting takedowns.

    melendez…. one word beast. He’s hungry and wants a more filling meal in the zuffa roster.

    Daley looked like shit and kinda hesitant or scared of diaz as soon as diaz started the trash talk…props to diaz for the win i think he needs a step up in compition and i def would have loved to have gotten a 2nd round of that fight i was really hoping big john would have let the bell save daley…either way the outcome would have been the same but i knew sf wasnt going to show the prelims so i just wanted more action… but business as usual.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Uh how did Daley look like shit? He was simply outclassed by a better boxer, how was knocking diaz down twice with left hooks being scared or hesitant? the body shots and the hooks from the clinch just took the fight and confidence away from daley, but it wasn’t from the trash talk. the trash talk was to get daley to open up and get countered…

  • Rece Rock says:

    Not being able to finIsh your opponent = looking Like shit…but that’s just my opinion.

    Your opponent talking shit in your face and dropping hIs hands and sticking his chin put and you don’t knock his head into the mezzanine = Daley beIng a bit hesitant and look a bit timid at the opening of the fight.
    Once again its just my opinion

  • MCM says:

    Just caught the fights this morning. Like I said the other day, pretty easy to pick the winners in these matchups.

    Am I the only one that didn’t think the Jardine/Mousasi call was that terrible? I read a lot of the the comments first before being able to see the fights but some people are way overreacting. I can see how the fight should have been called for Gegard, but it’s not as bad a call as the Kampman/Sanchez or Phan/Garcia calls. And big props to Keith for being able to take it to as close a fight as he did. He fought on 10 days notice, only made weight because he was dieting not training, and made it a competitive fight. Coker wants to do a rematch but I say let it stand and let’s see what Jardine can do at 185.

    Melendez has cleaned out the LW division outside of the UFC. He either needs to move or the UFC or Dana needs to make some super fights happen.

    Rule #1 when fighting Aoki…Stay on the outside. If you don’t you deserve to get tapped. Beerbohlm deserved to get tapped.

  • Madmax says:

    For once Diaz acted like a PRO, and fought like one as well.

    Respect meter goes up.

    WTF is CECIL PEOPLES doin as a F’n Ref. Maybe he hopes he’ll be a better ref than he is a judge. Personally, I strongly doubt it. Big John did his usual good job. I thought that one ref WAS Ox Baker till I realized Ox is about 85 by now. Wild stache/beard though.

    Melendez Vs Edgar/Maynard(either) anyone. I want to see GM vs Penn

    Jardine got a major gift. GM messed him up good. Takedowns shouldnt count for points if the fighter doesnt do any damage as a result. That’s all Keith did. Big Kudos for his heart and guts tho. (Did Cecil Peoples judge this fight?????)

    Nick says he wants to get paid, OK. Feed him to GSP after Mr RUSH disposes of Shields. That would be a good fight.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    three first round stoppages and still no prelim action, kinda sucked a bit

    gegard still looks disinterested, he doesnt seem to have the passion he had before coming over to the US, i wonder if he should follow his kickboxing/boxing aspirations for a few years if MMA isn’t doing it for him any more

  • Dufresne says:

    Am I the only one that found the SF commentators’ constant talk and poll on whether we want to see super fights awkward? After hearing from Dana that there won’t be any super fights SF turns around and in there very first event after being bought it seems like all they can talk about is matchups with the UFC fighters. Kinda felt like that annoying aunt that pesters everyone about when they’re gonna start popping out kids the moment she finds out you’re in a relationship.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Daley gave good attempts at finishing Diaz but Diaz dodged most of the shots and recovered quickly because of his cardio.

    When two good strikers meet, there is always a respect for each other. Diaz loves to start off the fight with counter-punching and then increasing the pace. He talks trash to provoke his opponents into attacking and leave openings…doesn’t mean he didn’t give props to paul daley in his interviews.

    Paley was being countered left and right and the body shots hurt Daley, all the damage accumulated to Daley taking a delayed fall.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    WW:
    1) GSP
    2) Shields
    3) Diaz
    4) Fitch
    5) Kos

    LW:
    1) Melendez
    2) Edgar
    3) Alvarez
    4) Miller
    5) Maynard

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Logic, tsk. tsk. How could you have Maynard 5th after almost dethroning Edgar (who you have 2nd) in the first round of their fight AND with an upcoming rubber match? Melendez is 2nd now because he beat up Kawajiri??

  • Sykotick says:

    Diaz at 3 after beating Noons, Evangelista, and Daley?? Really Logic?
    Noons is a product of record padding and a Lightweight, really, E-van is a gatekeeper AT BEST, and Daley is 2-2 in his last 4 isn’t he?

    Gilbert at 1 is nuts, Edgar is hands down #1, the guy has one loss and he took down the previously untouchable LW Baby Jay Penn.
    And Alvarez at #3?! Who has he beat?! Gimme a break bro!

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Edgar cant finish, maynard cant finish, diaz was top 7 and just beat a top 10, fitch cant finish and just had a draw with a natural Lw, alvarez just demolished huerta and won every rd against the bellator tourney champ

  • boomnutz says:

    the best SF card ever…and the first one while owned by Zuffa, lol. Logic your rankings are whack., Maynard hasn’t lost, and in that unbeaten streak lies Miller, yet you have Miller ahead of him, explain? I like Alvarez and I like Melendez more and more, but you can’t argue the pecking order until they start to fight the elite guys, and they all rest in the UFC. Melendez may be able to beat Edgar, Alvarez could be the best in the world, but until they prove it, you’re rankings are speculation at best (i guess rankings have some inherent speculation, but the top’s pretty clear cut) for instance, a ton of people thought Jon Jones was the best LHW in the world, but he had to PROVE it first, which he did…

  • boomnutz says:

    Duff man, couldn’t agree more about the commentators, even my fiance was like I can’t watch these guys!! I thought about the poll, and I’m thinking that possibly they did it just to add some fuel to the fire for guys crossing over, Dana always says he gives the fights fans want to see, plus with all the time the commentators spent on it you would think it’s a possibility, or else DW would have told them to shut their mouths (btw does Shamrock have diamonds in his braces?!?!). I think the only stipulation is that they keep the SF brand relevant and strong in order to preserve the Showtime deal, so if Showtime’s ratings don’t take a hit (and i’m sure they had some of their best ratings ever this weekend) then the “super” fights are a likely possibility

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