Strikeforce 'Diaz vs. Daley' Results & Live Play-by-Play

Apr 9, 2011 will report from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley,” which is headlined by a welterweight title showdown pitting champion Nick Diaz against challenger Paul Daley.

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Casey Ryan vs. Paul Song
Round 1
Big John McCarthy oversees this middleweight contest. Ryan starts the contest with a front kick to the body of Song. Ryan then looks for a takedown, but fails to execute it. The two men separate and Song looks for the takedown; he succeeds. On the floor, Ryan is active with his guard and frames up an armbar. Song is comfortable as the arm isn't straightened. Ryan switches to a triangle choke and Song is now in trouble. It's just a matter of time until he is forced to tap. The end comes at 1:39 as Song taps.

Edgar Cardenas vs. Rolando Perez
Round 1
With Cecil Peoples at the helm, Perez lands a hard low kick and follows with another that nearly puts Cardenas down. They clinch along the cage and Perez goes to the body with a knee. Cardenas lands a kick to the thigh, but Perez catches it and sinks him to the mat. He sets up in his guard and throws some nice elbows. Perez posts up and pounds away at Cardenas with right hands. He bloodies his nose but allows him back to his feet. Perez tattoos an advancing Cardenas with rights over and over. Cardenas finally slows things down by clinching up with Perez as the round closes. scores the round 10-9 for Perez.

Round 2
Perez catches another kick and puts Cardenas right down. He moves right into mount and elbows his foe. Cardenas gives up his back for a moment, but then turns back in. He tries to get to his knees again and is caught in an arm-triangle but he sweeps his way back to his feet. Perez pistons the jab well and Cardenas finally finds his mark with a big right hand. He tries to flurry, but is taken back down off another kick. Perez settles into his guard and works some ground-and-pound. Cardenas scrambles back to his feet and shoots a single. Perez keeps his balance and tries to pull off an Yves Edwards knee while his leg is locked up. He misses and the round ends. scores the round 10-9 for Perez.

Round 3
Cardenas lands a wild right to kick off the final round. Perez immediately clinches up and drives Cardenas back into the cage. The two separate and Cardenas goes back to headhunting. Perez hits a switch and puts Cardenas back down. He moves to half, but can't get much going and Peoples stands them back up. Cardenas knows he needs a finish and is throwing wild bombs, but Perez calmly clinches and keeps his opponent at bay. Cardenas bullies his way back in but is taken back to the mat and pounded on until the horn sounds. Sherdog has it 10-9 (30-27) for Perez.

Official scores: 30-27s across the board for Perez, winner by unanimous decision.

A.J. Matthews vs. Herman Terrado
Round 1
Both men start the action with haymakers that miss. The fighters clinch and Matthews finds a home for a few knees. From inside the clinch, Matthews muscles Terrado to the floor. Terrado stands and they are clinched against the fence. Matthews unloads with knees. In the flurry, Terrado answers with a right that drops Matthews to a knee. The fighters separate and are clearly winded from the fast-paced action. They circle and Terrado launches a right hand that finds Matthews' chin. Matthews answers by clinching and unloading some hooks. Terrado is fine and answers with a right hand that drops Matthews to the floor. Referee Mike Beltran halts the contest at 4:16 via knockout.

Saad Awad vs. Joe Duarte
Round 1
The fighters clinch with Awad's back forced in to the cage. They separate and Duarte flips out his jab. Awad fires an uppercut that lands. Duarte fires back with a left and right that stuns his opponent. Awad is on has back and Duarte follows him down into the half guard. He tries to lock up an ankle lock on Duarte, but cannot. Duarte nestles back in to full guard. From there he transitions to mount. Awad gives his back with 30 seconds remaining. He gets his base and stands. The round ends with Awad throwing heavy strikes that excite the crowd. None of the strikes land flush, however. 10-9 Duarte.

Round 2
Duarte starts the round doubling up with his jab. Awad answers with heavy hooks that make Duarte backpedal. Duarte is clearly hurt, but Awad can't make him succumb to the strikes. Duarte executes a double leg and quickly moves to mount. Awad gives his back and Duarte locks up an armbar. Bellied down, Awad is forced to tap at 2:45 of round two.

Brett Albee vs. Virgil Zwicker
Round 1
Heavyweights take to the cage with Cecil Peoples acting as the fight's third man. The fighters trade early with neither man getting the better of one another. Zwicker finds the lead leg of Albee with a chopping low kick. Zwicker explodes with strikes and Albee really has nothing in response. Hooks, knees and uppercuts pepper Albee, who can only crumble from the Team Quest product's power. Referee Peoples stops the punishment at the 1:46 mark via TKO.

Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Robert Peralta
Round 1
Featherweights take the cage in the night's final preliminary contest. The referee in charge is Mike Beltran. The fighters clinch early, with Takaya pushing Peralta into the cage. Peralta moves and is able to get free. Peralta finds the lead leg of Takaya with a right low kick. Peralta fires another kick, this one is checked. Peralta fires a right head kick that is blocked by the Japanese fighter. Takaya rushes in for a takedown but cannot find anything. Takaya misses a low kick with a minute remaining. Peralta swings with a nice double jab right cross combo that hurts Takaya enough to fall to the mat. Upon rushing in, Takaya recovered to secure a takedown. The round ends. 10-9 Peralta.

Round 2
The two fighters start the middle frame pawing punches from a distance. Takaya initiates the clinch and looks for a takedown up against the fence. Peralta has good balance and stays vertical. He makes space and the fighters move their way back to the center of the cage. Takaya restarts the takedown process and this time it's effective. Takaya works from half guard with small punches to the body. With little action taking place, referee Beltran restarts the men on the feet with 90 seconds remaining. Little action takes place on the feet in the final moments of the second round. Takaya recovers on the score card, taking the second frame 10-9.

Round 3
The featherweights come out aggressive throwing multiple punching combinations to open the final frame. Neither man lands anything of note early. Peralta lands a nice low kick to the left leg of Takaya. Peralta fires a right hook that misses. Ducking under the punch, Takaya secures a double leg takedown. From full guard, Takaya stacks and tries to flurry. He settles back to his knees. Mike Beltran doesn't wait long to stand the two men up. Back on the feet, it's a battle of wrestling as a takedown could win the fight for either man. Peralta lands a glancing right to the side of Takaya's head. The final moments see Takaya look for a takedown but nothing is there. The round and fight expire. 10-10.

Official scores: The judges see the contest 30-27 (twice) for Peralta and 29-28 for Takaya. Robert Peralta takes the split decision.

Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm
Round 1
Beerbohm throws a kick to start. He rushes Aoki, who lands a knee on the way in. Aoki tries to break free Beerbohm, but "Fancy Pants" rides him. Aoki lands an outside trip, and quickly takes Beerbohm's back. Aoki controls his foe with one hook, but quickly sinks both. Beerbohm tries to prevent the choke by turning his head, but the Japanese submission ace has it sunk tight. It's a cross between a rear-naked choke and a tough neck crank, and Beerbohm is forced to tap out at 1:33 of the first round.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine
Round 1
Jardine lunges with a leg kick that lands. He follows with a kick to the body that sneaks under Mousasi's guard. Mousasi looking to counter, rotating his upper body. They clinch against the fence and Mousasi smacks Jardine with a knee on the break. Jardine lungs for a single-leg takedown, but Mousasi defends. "The Dean of Mean" drives him into the fence, and Mousasi drills him with elbows to the side of the head. Jardine is relentless in pursuit of the takedown, and finally puts Mousasi down. Mousasi turns his back and scrambles to his knees. He makes it back to his feet, but Jardine drives him to the canvas again. Mousasi works his way up, and unloads a flurry on Jardine. The Dream champ rips the UFC vet with hooks and uppercuts, forcing him to turn his back and retreat. Jardine stumbles backward and regains his senses, and slams Mousasi to the mat. Jardine postures, and Mousasi cracks him with an illegal upkick, and forces referee Mike Beltran to call a halt to the action to allow Jardine to recover. Beltran deducts a point from Mousasi for the foul, and the bout restarts. Mousasi lunges with two hooks that graze Jardine. Mousasi lands two more hooks, and follows with two leg kicks at the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 9-9
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-8 Jardine
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jardine

Round 2
The pair trade outside low kicks to start the round. Mousasi continues to stalk Jardine, attacking the legs and body with kicks. Jardine crashes with an overhand right, and Mousasi responds with another tough outside thigh kick. Mousasi lands his right hand, and Jardine lunges forward for a kneetap, but is shrugged off. He drives for a double-leg, and puts Mousasi on the mat again. "The Dreamcatcher" manages to gets back to his feet, and he tags Jardine with a right and a left hook. They exchange, and Mousasi clips Jardine with a left hook that sends him sprawling across the cage. Mousasi rushes him, and Jardine drops for a takedown, and is able to get it with 45 seconds to go in the round. Mousasi gets back up quickly. He stalks Jardine, but can't land clean before the round ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mousasi
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Mousasi
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Mousasi

Round 3
A left hook and a knee lands for Mousasi, but Jardine gets clipped in the groin, prompting Mike Beltran to give him a brief respite. A Mousasi flurry scores, prompting Jardine to shoot for a takedown. Mousasi defends with an overhook, and elbows Jardine in the head. Mousasi notches a takedown of his own, and wrenches onto a guillotine. Jardine fights to his feet, and manages to extricate himself. "The Dreamcatcher" puts him right back on the mat on the other side of the cage. Mousasi manages to get the back momentarily, but Jardine shakes him free and dives for a takedown of his own. Mousasi frees himself, and they restart standing. A Mousasi overhand right lands hard, and he looks for a takedown. Jardine counters with a farside kimura, but Mousasi defends, and moves into side control where he locks up a kimura of his own for a moment. Mousasi punches away, and Jardine locks up a loose armbar that Mousasi is forced to defend until the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Mousasi (29-27 Mousasi)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Mousasi (28-28 Draw)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Mousasi (29-28 Mousasi)

Official scores: Judge Luis Cobian scores the bout 29-27, while judges Abe Belardo and Lester Griffin have it 28-28, a draw. The bout is a majority draw.

Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Round 1
The lightweights come out winging, and a Melendez right hook drops Kawajiri to his knee. "El Nino" follows with a volley of knees, and keeps the pressure on, ducking under Kawajiri's attacks and countering. A head kick from the "Crusher" wobbles Melendez, but he responds, crushing Kawajiri with a salvo of knees and punches. Kawajiri hits the mat, and Melendez locks up back control, sinking his hooks and threatening to choke. The rugged Japanese fighter struggles free, but Melendez stays on him. Melendez punches under Kawajiri's arm, railing him with uppercuts. It's all Melendez thus far. Kawajiri pumps his jab, but Melendez ducks under and counters with one-twos. Melendez smashes Kawajiri with an uppercut, and follows up with punches, forcing him to his back.Melendez gets on top, and hits the kill switch: "El Nino" delivers a vicious torrent of elbows that leave Kawajiri destroyed on the canvas. Referee Cecil Peoples resues "The Crusher" at 3:14 of the first round. Incredible performance by Melendez.

Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley

Round 1
Daley cracks Diaz with a leg kick as the fight begins. It's 30 seconds into the fight until they're throwing haymakers, and Daley lands a crushing hook that puts Diaz on his knees. Daley savagely flurries, smashing Diaz, but the incredibly tough champion fights back to his feet. Daley gets the Thai clinch, while Diaz drills him to the body. Rolling hooks by Diaz land, rocking Daley to his heels, and prompting "Semtex" to shoot for a takedown. Diaz is taken down, but works his way back to his feet, and punches Daley to the head and body. Tremendous action as the welterweights wing hooks at one another. Diaz steps forward, and Daley crushes him two knees. Daley explodes with another vicious left hook that puts Diaz on his face, and Daley follows up, but incredibly, Diaz recovers, getting to guard with a minute to fight. Daley stands away, Diaz stands back up. Massive left hook to the body by Diaz brutally hurts Daley, and now the champion comes roaring back. Daley hits the mat, and Diaz follows up with punishment on the folded Brit. Referee "Big" John McCarthy is forced to step in to save Daley at 4:57 of the first round. Absolutely incredible fight. Nick Diaz retains his Strikeforce welterweight title.

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