Paul Daley Knocks Out Yuya Shirai, Nick Diaz May Be Next

By Michael David Smith

Paul Daley doesn’t do anything fancy: He just punches really hard.

Daley did it again on Saturday in Manchester, England, knocking out Yuya Shirai with a powerful left uppercut followed by a couple hammer fists on the ground, winning by first round knockout without breaking a sweat on a British Association of Mixed Martial Arts card.

Daley, who improved his record to 27-9-2, is now likely to take on Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight title on April 9. Although Daley didn’t say for sure that he’ll fight Diaz, he did say after the fight, “There’s more to come for me.”

But while Daley vs. Diaz is guaranteed fireworks, there are always questions surrounding Daley. For starters, Daley missed weight for this fight, which is why the BAMMA title wasn’t on the line. Strikeforce needs him to be able to make weight if he’s going to fight for the welterweight belt, and yet Daley has missed weight almost as often as he’s made it the last few years. And it’s still not clear what Strikeforce’s plans are for April 9, a card that has been shrouded in mystery and not even officially announced.

 

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