Nick Diaz has been unbeatable since 2007. He’s badly outclassed some pretty solid fighter with his combination of volume striking and cardio. Paul Daley thinks he has the Diaz antidote – dynamite in his fists.
Daley challenges for Diaz’s Strikeforce welterweight title, looking looks to put an end to the Californian’s nine-fight win streak (Showtime 10 p.m. ET/PT). He’ll do so by testing Diaz’s ability to take a punch.
"Has he got an iron chin? We’re going to see," Daley told Cagewriter.com (3:57 mark). "He’s been dropped in numerous fights against 155ers. I always say to people ‘you gotta get hit by me to realize it’s a whole different ballgame.’ I think Nick Diaz is going to have that same experience."
Daley (27-9-2) says all the training in the world can’t effectively prepare you for his power.
"He’s probably sparring with big, heavy guys who hit hard, but it’s completely different when you’re actually in there," said Daley, who’s got 20 knockouts on his ledger. "And I’ve seen the look in people’s eyes and the reaction on their faces when I land a shot. I don’t know what i’ve got, but it certainly makes people scared."
"I don’t think he’s fought anyone that I wouldn’t have beat. I think I would have beat any of those opponents, and with more ease," said Daley."
The exciting part for Daley is that Diaz isn’t afraid of him and is probably going to fight to the Brit’s strength instead of taking the fight to the ground.
"Initially people were hating on Nick Diaz for his pitter, pat style, but I’ve always been an admirer of his style, probably since the Gomi fight," Daley said. "He has a fantastic boxing pedigree and he trains with some good guys. He’s a good fighter. He fights everywhere [and] I’m not just blowing smoke up his ass."
Daley expects a stand-up war.
"As a fighter myself, I’m excited to be in a fight like this," Daley said. "I hope that the Zuffa money is gonna come over and they’re dishing out some of them Fight of the Night bonuses. I think that this could be it."
Strikeforce has never handed out public post-fight bonuses. Three weeks ago, the UFC purchased the promotion. This will be the first official "Strikeforce" event fought under Zuffa management. The UFC has traditionally handed out bonuses between $10,000-$100,000 for Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night and Knockout of the Night. Daley got a UFC bonus of $50,000 for his KO of Dustin Hazelett at UFC 108.