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Paul Daley: “After this fight, the only fight I should be offered is a rematch with Tyrone Woodley for the welterweight belt.”

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.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    This makes as much sense as any other match up for Woodly, unless they walk Nate Marquadt strait in to a title fight.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Nate hasn’t even cut to WW for a fight yet

  • Lord Faust says:

    Strikeforce should be happy someone wants to fight for them, at this point.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i thought his loss to woodley was his best performance i’ve ever seen from him. well most well rounded anyway. i’d like to see him face Tyrone again, and i fancy him against an aging and war tprn Misaki, along as he keeps his neck away from the Guillotine.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I agree hindsight; I was genuinely impressed with the improvements to his wrestling defence. He still lost, but he didn’t look like a fish out of water.

  • Rece Rock says:

    they should send hardy over to sf

  • Screenplaya says:

    I hope Daley gets another shot at Woodley, and wins. Woodley seems like a good guy, but his is one of the dullest fighters in MMA. A wrestler with less-than-stellar ground-and-pound. Yawn.

    I agree with Rece: Hardy would be a nice addition to SF. And there are a number of other 2nd tier welters that could move over. Wouldnt mind seeing Matt Brown challenging for the Strikeforce strap, for example.


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