Paul Daley on Diaz Fight: “Only If’s” Will Haunt Me For a While

April 11, 2011
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Paul Daley has very little to be ashamed of after his performance on Saturday night that saw him seconds away from claiming the Strikeforce welterweight title from Nick Diaz.

The British fighter hurt Diaz midway through their brief fight, and looked like he might finish him with strikes on the ground, but the savvy champion was able to recover and bounce back for the win.

The stoppage of the fight came under some scrutiny as Diaz tagged Daley with a few solid shots on the ground, but with just 3 seconds on the clock, many wondered if the fight couldn’t have continued.

Now that he’s had the chance to go back and watch the fight, Daley understands where the stoppage came from and he’ll just be haunted by what could have been if his performance had just gone a little differently.

“Just watched over the Diaz fight again, and can see I am rocked early on by a right hook to the temple, I’m spending the rest of the fight, fighting on guts and instinct until the 2nd knock down, Diaz face plant,” Daley wrote on Monday on his Facebook page.

“Like I said lost composure and was swinging for the fences, but now I see why. “Only if’s” will haunt me for a while. But what’s done is done.”

Daley deserves a lot of praise for his performance and after dropping Diaz with a big shot during the first round, it probably wouldn’t take much for him to earn another chance to face the champion in the future.

After a very busy start to 2011 for Daley and Diaz, both fighters are likely to take some much needed time off and return during the summer months.

Daley has already returned home to England where he will rest and recover, and wait for his chance at redemption in Strikeforce.

  • elguapo

    Great fight this one. I’m a fan of Semtex (the fighter not the man) and i was pretty sure Diaz would go for the takedown straight away, but fair play to him, he stuck to his word and went toe to toe. Classic stuff.

  • Frye557

    This fight is a duplicate of Diaz’s fight with Lawler. Goes out against a seemingly more dominant striker, taunts him, then finishes him via ko/tko. Though I’m not a fan of Diaz as a person, he is what makes a champ. Someone who is willing to prove their confidence and skill against an opponent in their own game. Great fight.

  • Cptmats

    Bad Stoppage !

  • BigGuy

    Honestly, Diaz could beat Fedor, Velasquez and Broc Lesnar in the same night, and I would still think he is a retard! Dumb sounding, sissy-lisping, uneducated fuck-nut!

    • ShockednAwed

      Nice! 😀

      • Frye557

        I agree with you both that Diaz is pretty mouthy, and not too clever either, but I don’t think anyone can question him as a fighter. Even though he’s dumb sounding, at least he’s genuine.

    • x1234x

      honestly yur retrarted, if you were actually serious about those comments prior to you insulting diaz.

      • Frye557

        Your not replying to me are you?
        Because I definitely did not insult him.