Strikeforce: Diaz Vs. Daley Fight Card Previews

This Saturday, April 9th, at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime Strikeforce's first major event under UFC control and Zuffa ownership takes place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. Fans and experts widely agree this event is not only hotly anticipated, it's arguably Strikeforce's top event ever. In some ways It's hard to understand this criticism. This event was put together after the second quarterfinal stage of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix was moved to June. Saturday's show is very much a replacement event.

Still, the fights are all meaningful and two titles are up grabs. Gilbert Melendez will put his lightweight title on the line against Tatsuya Kawajiri. This fight represents the second meeting of these two, the first taking place in 2006. Nick Diaz is also putting his title up for grabs as he will defend his welterweight crown against Paul Daley in the main event. Diaz and Daley have never faced one another.

SB Nation MMA will bring a fight-by-fight breakdown each day up until the event. That includes style match-ups, experts early takes, fan interest and every other conceivable angle.

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Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley

Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine

Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm

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