Strikeforce: Diaz Vs. Daley Results And Play-By-Play

We'll bring live results and play-by-play for tonight's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley. The Showtime broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET. The event is headlined by a welterweight title clash between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley. The co-main event is a 2006 PRIDE rematch and now Strikeforce lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Other notable fighters on tonight's card include UFC veteran Keith Jardine, Gegard Mousasi, Hiroyuki Takaya and more.

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Strikeforce Results: Nick Diaz Stops Paul Daley In One Round, One Epic Fight

The main event of the Showtime broadcast of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is, naturally, Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley. This is a welterweight title fight and is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds. The referee in charge of the action is "Big" John McCarthy.

ROUND 1 - Both fighters start orthodox. Diaz already clowning around with Daley. talking to him and trying to get to him. Diaz leaps in with a left hook and drops Diaz, but the fighter recovers and is able to stand. Diaz now in southpaw. Diaz connects with a left to the body of Daley and drives the Brit into the fence to clinch. Daley is rocked with multiple lefts and rights, first to the body then the head and Daley reaches for a takedown. Daley stands back out and the two fighters stand. The two fighters are exchanging hard flurries with Diaz stalking and generally getting the better of them. Left hook from Daley drops Diaz to the mat. He follows up with ground and pound, but it's fairly limited. Daley backs out and eats a huge body shot. That drops Daley. Diaz pounces and the referee stops the fight.

Nick Diaz retains his welterweight title.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Nick Diaz defeats Paul Daley via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of round 1.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Gilbert Melendez 'Crushes' Tatsuya Kawajiri In One Round

The co-main event of the night on the Showtime broadcast of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri. This is a fight scheduled for five, five-round rounds and is for the Strikeforce lightweight title. This is a rematch from their 2006 PRIDE fight where Melendez won a close decision. The referee in charge of the action is Cecil Peoples.

ROUND 1 - Both fighters come out orthodox. Kawajiri drops Kawajiri with a right hand, but the Japanese fighter recovers. And another. Head kick partially lands for Kawajiri but Melendez drops Kawajiri with punches  and takes the Japanese fighter's back. Kawajiri partially stands but he's still getting outstruck. Kawajiri looks wobbled. Kawajiri appears to have a big problem with distance. Kawajiri desperation shoots after eating huge punches and is pushed to his back by Melendez. Melendez unloads devastating elbows on top and the referee sees enough. The fight is stopped.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Gilbert Melendez defeats Tatsuya Kawajiri by TKO (strikes, ref stoppage) at 3:14 of round 1.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Keith Jardine And Gegard Mousasi Fight To Majority Draw

The second fight of the night on Showtime for Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine. This is a light heavyweight contenst (205lbs). Both fighters enter this bout on win streaks. This is Jardine's Strikeforce debut. The referee in charge of the action is Mike Beltran.

ROUND 1 - Both fighters start orthodox. Jardine's characteristic style already on display. Jardine lands a double, but Mousasi whizzers hard and stands back up. Mousasi stalking here, but Jardine trying to pump the jab. Outside leg kick for Jardine lands, but it's not significant. Mousasi presses Jardine into the fence and lands shots inside before they separate. Jardine attempts a single and it's stuffed, so Jardine forces Mousasi to the mat with a double off of the fence. Another takedown by Jardine after a whizzer. Mousasi is landing big punches as he rocks Jardine. Jardine saves himself and lands another takedown. And the referee decides to deduct a point for an illegal upkick. The fight restarts on the feet. Mousasi tries to barrage again, lands some and eats a knee. Two outside leg kicks for Mousasi barely land. Jardine lands another.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-8 Jardine.

ROUND 2 - Outside leg kick again for Jardine and another, but Mousasi lands a hard jab. Jardine shoots without much set up and it's stuffed. Mousasi lands a leg kick and the fighters continue to move. Mousasi doing all the stalking and cutting the cage off. Jardine lands a wild right, but it doesn't do much. Hard inside leg kick by Mousasi and Jardine responds. Jardine trying to time Mousasi's leg kicks now. Knee tap from Jardine is stuffed. Jardine ducked under a punch and lands a double leg takedown. Mousasi uses butterfly guard to create space and hip out. Mousasi's body kick finds the home. Jardine grabs ahold of Mousasi and lands another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round. Mousasi stands again.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Mousasi.

ROUND 3 - Mousasi comes out aggressive and misses but lands an inadvertent groin strike. The referee temporarily stops the fight. Outside leg kick for Jardine and now the Greg Jackson fighter grabs ahold of Mousasi for a takedown. Mousasi gets aggressive, lands a double and goes for a guillotine. Jardine is able to escape, but the fighters clinch and Mousasi gets a body lock takedown into Jardine's half guard. Mousasi moves to mount. Jardine uses the fence to escape and the two stand. Mousasi lands a hard right. And another. Mousasi lands on top on a takedown and looks for GNP. Jardine postures up for an armbar, but too little, too late.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Mousasi and the fight 28-28, a draw.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: 29-27 Mousasi, 28-28 draw, 28-28 draw. The fight is a majority draw.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Shinya Aoki Rips Through Lyle Beerbohm

The first fight of the night on the Showtime broadcast is Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm. This is a lightweight bout and both men entire the cage coming off of losses, albeit Aoki's loss came in a mixed K-1/MMA rules match. The referee in charge of the action is "Big" John McCarthy.

ROUND 1 - Aoki comes out southpaw. Beerbohm in a hunched over stance and clinches with Aoki against the fence. Aoki creates an angle from a two-on-one and lands an outside trip. Aoki takes Beerbohm's back as he bases over. Aoki snakes his arms through and not only lands a rear naked choke, but a neck crank as well. Beerbohm tried to hang on as much possible, but early in the fight with no sweat  and full strength the squeeze must've been too much. Beerbohm was forced to tap.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Shinya Aoki defeats Lyle Beerbohm via submission (neck crank) at 1:33 of round 1.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Hiroyuki Takaya Upset By Robert Peralta

In the last under card fight of the night, Japanese slugger and DREAM featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya locked horns with Robert Peralta. This was a featherweight fight. The referee in charge of the action is Mike Beltran.

The first round most likely belonged to Peralta, who clearly came to fight. He not only won the low and high kicking game, he did so while avoiding the boxing game of Takaya. Later in the round Takaya attempted a takedown, but it went nowhere. Late Takaya was dropped by a combination from Peralta, but the Japanese fighter managed to hang on.

In the second round, things looked a little better for Takaya. There wasn't much action in this round, but Takaya was able to land a takedown and hold Peralta there for a sustained period of time. The referee eventually stood them up. While Takaya didn't do much damage, Peralta was on the defense the entire time.

In the third and final round, not much happened. Peralta landed some hard strikes early only to be taken down in the early part of the round. Peralta finds his way back to his feet and looks to land something significant, but fails. Takaya looks for a takedown late and can't get it.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Robert Peralta defeats Hiroyuki Takaya by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Virgil Zwicker Flatten Brett Albee

In the fifth fight of the night at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, Virgil Zwicker faced Brett Albee. This was a heavyweight fight. The referee in charge of the action is Cecil Peoples.

The early going of this bout offered little. Both men traded, but neither landed much and neither was fully committing. The crowd never became restless, but it could've leaned that way. But that's when things begin to turn in the favor of Zwicker and againt Albee. Zwicker started off with HARD outside leg kicks and added to the momentum with a blitzkrieg of strikes. Albee hung in as long as possible, but was failing to offer any sort of a reasonable response. The onslaught eventually proved to be too much as the kitchen sink of Zwicker's striking arsenal shut down any chance Albee had to do much of anything. The referee stops the fight. Huge victory for the big Zwicker.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Virgil Zwicker defeats Brett Albee by TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of round 1.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Joe Duarte Armbars Saad Awad In Second Round

In the fourth fight of the night at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, Saad Awad is taking on local favorite Joe Duarte. The bout is a lightweight fight. Not a notable affair, but worth it for drawing the local crowd.

Duarte looked strong throughout this bout. Both fighters opened the show trading, but it was Duarte who struck first, landing two hard punches that dropped Awad to the mat. Duarte pounced and began to work from top position. Awad made feeble attempts at a few submissions, but was able to do nothing with it. Using superior positional grappling, Duarte achieves mount and then Awad's back. With sloppy back control, though Awad was able to stand. The round ended there, but it clearly belonged to Duarte.

The second round is where things went from bad to worse for Awad. Awad did manage to hurt Duarte with hard punches, but a perfectly timed double leg sat Awad to the mat. Duarte easily moved to mount, then Awad's back only to lock up a belly-down armbar to close the show.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Joe Duarte defeats Saad Awad by submission (armbar) at 2:45 of round 2.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Herman Terrado Knocks Out A.J. Matthews

In the third fight of the night at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, two relative unknowns in Herman Terrado and A.J. Matthews locked horns. The fight is a welterweight bout. The referee in charge of the action is Mike Beltran.

In semi-related news, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta appear to be at the show.

This was a wild striking fest from the opening bell. Terrado is the first to do real damage as he lands some very respectable knees from the clinch. Matthews was able to drag Terrado to the floor from the clinch and tries to work on top there. Terrado, however, is able to stand. Matthews fires more knees from this position. Terrado keeps his composure and lands a devastating right hand that drops Matthews. They manage find space from each other and Terrado lands another right hand and Matthews is hurt. Matthews tries to respond, but another hard punch from Terrado ends the fight. The referee is forced to stop the fight.

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley results: Herman Terrado defeates A.J. Matthews by knockout at 4:16 of round 1.

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Rolando Perez Decisions Edgar Cardenas

In the second fight of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, Rolando Perez and Edgar Cardenas engaged in a catchweight bout at 140lbs. Again, this was not a highly-anticipated bout and one wonders when Strikeforce will turn their under cards into something more under the Zuffa ownership. Cecil Peoples served as the referee.

In the end, it turned out to be a route for Rolando Perez. In the first, a takedown coupled with some solid ground and pound from Perez did the damage. Cardenas was able to survive and clinch late, but the vast majority of the points were scored by Perez.

In the second round Perez continued to pour on the offense. A caught kick and move to mount as well as the back started off the round for Perez. Cardenas was able to get back to his feet and even catch Perez with some decent strikes of his own, but the winner was pretty clear.

The third round was more of the same except for a nice kick Cardenas landed at beginning of the round. Perez was able to take the fight to the floor, though, and work his game from there. Eventually the referee separated them. In desperation, Cardenas tried to find the big strike that would settle the score, but Perez controlled the fight with takedowns. In the end, that was enough.

Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Rolando Perez defeats Edgar Cardenas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

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Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley Results: Casey Ryan Taps Paul Song

The first fight of the night at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is an under card fight between Casey Ryan and Paul Song. Neither is exactly a top prospect in mixed martial arts.

Referee "Big" John McCarthy is officiating the action.

Ryan started the round by landing a nice front kick to the body of Song that backed him up. Ryan followed up by looking for a takedown, but could get nowhere. Song tried to reverse the action eventually by attemping a takedown of his own and he actually gets it. Ryan preferred to work a guard game rather than stand and walked his hips up for a submission, also elevating his hips off of the mat. Ryan attempts an armbar, but it's not particularly threatening. Eventually though, Ryan locks up a triangle choke as well as an armbar combo. Song resists a little before the fight is called. That's it. He taps.

Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Daley results: Casey Ryan defeats Paul Song by submission (armbar) at 1:39 of round 1.

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Strikeforce: Diaz Vs. Daley Results And Play-By-Play

Join SB Nation MMA tonight at 8 p.m. ET as we bring you live results of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley. The event will air on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET and is being held in the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. This is the first major Strikeforce event being held under Zuffa (or Forza, Inc.) ownership.

The event is headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Paul Daley. The co-main event is a lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri. Both of those bouts are scheduled for five five-minute rounds.

For analysis throughout the event, follow Luke Thomas on Twitter: @MMANation.

Main card (airing on Showtime):

Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Nick Diaz 169.25lbs vs. Paul Daley 169.5lbs

Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Gilbert Melendez 154.75lbs vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri 154.25lbs

Shinya Aoki 155lbs vs. Lyle Beerbohm 155.5lbs
Gegard Mousasi 205.5lbs vs. Keith Jardine 205lbs

Under card:

Hiroyuki Takaya 144.5lbs vs. Robert Peralta 144.5lbs
Brett Albee
218.5lbs vs. Virgil Zwicker 222.5lbs
Saad Awad
155.5lbs vs. Joe Duarte 155.5lbs
A.J. Matthews 169lbs vs. Herman Terrado 170.5lbs
Casey Ryan 184lbs vs. Paul Song 184.5lbs
Edgar Cardenas 139lbs vs. Rolando Perez 140lbs

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