While welterweight Paul Daley has a fight this weekend at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey against Japanese veteran Kazuo Misaki, an adversary he certainly isn’t overlooking, it appears the hard-hitting Brit has a different opponent on his mind – Tyron Woodley.
Daley and Woodley went to war for fifteen minutes last July in a bout where “Semtex” not only pressed the pace but showed marked improvement in terms of limiting Woodley’s takedowns. However, in the end the unbeaten Woodley still walked away with the decision win and that doesn’t seem to be sitting well with Daley.
“I beat Woodley in my opinion, so it wasn’t that frustrating,” explained Daley in an interview with Strikeforce. “He fought a scared fight and was tired by the second round. I feel bad that the referee’s decisions gave him the win in the judges’ eyes. Three minutes s of inactivity on the floor…that’s not scoring points, and it certainly ain’t entertaining for the fans, who all cheered when it was stood back up.”
The 29-11-2 Daley has fought twice since the loss, picking up a pair of decisions, but expects to get back to his old ways of rendering opponents into puddles of goo on Saturday night against Misaki, also on a two-fight winning streak. After beating Misaki, as he expects to do, Daley plans to ask for a second shot at Woodley based on being not only one of the division’s most entertaining fighters but a deserving contender.
“After this fight, the only fight I should be offered is a rematch with Tyrone Woodley for the welterweight belt,” said Daley, elaborating that his plan in 2012 is “to stay very busy, and keep fighting and keep winning.”
Fans can tune in to catch Daley-Misaki on Showtime when the main card starts up at 10:00 PM EST. The event is headlined by Miesha Tate defending her bantamweight belt against unbeaten judoka Ronda Rousey.
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