Nick Diaz submits 'Cyborg' Santos in 2nd to retain Strikeforce title

by Michael David Smith | source:

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz got a tougher challenge than expected from Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos Saturday night in San Jose, but after brawling for nearly 10 minutes, Diaz submitted Cyborg with a textbook arm bar with just seconds remaining in the second round.

Diaz improved his record to 24-7, and he's now on a nine-fight winning streak. Diaz isn't the best welterweight in the world (that honor belongs to Georges St. Pierre), but he's unquestionably the best welterweight outside the UFC.

"I respect the way he fights," Diaz said of Cyborg. "He don't play around. He came out here and fought me."

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Title Fight Nick "Diablo" Diaz Vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Welterweight Title
Name Nick Diaz <a href=Nick Diaz" src="" />
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 169 (76.66 kg)
Record 22-8-0
Team Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Name Evangelista Santos Evangelista Santos
Height 5′ 10″ (177.8 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 17-13-0
Team Budokan
Nick Diaz defeats Evangelista Santos via submission (arm bar) - Round 2, 4:50


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leftlcoastinit site profile image  

1/31/11 1:16 AM by leftlcoastinit

Much props to Evangelista!!! hopefully he'll get his conditioning up for his next fight.Props to diaz as well.

CokeBoyz site profile image  

1/30/11 10:01 PM by CokeBoyz

Cyborg is a bigger puncher then Daley. An Nick was getting busy with him, but took a lot of leg kicks.But, honestly Cyborg could present problems for ever ww standing up, at least for the first couple rounds.

plastekt site profile image  

1/30/11 6:08 PM by plastekt

I was cheering for Cyborg and not a huge Diaz fan, but christ some of you bashers are just vapid cunts. Go be a fucking retard somewhere else.

EVILYOSHIDA site profile image  

1/30/11 5:32 PM by EVILYOSHIDA

I wish nick Diaz had a little more power. with that many free open shots to the head, dude should've been KOed.great fight by Diaz though.

coonassjitsu site profile image  

1/30/11 5:22 PM by coonassjitsu

Man I hope the Diaz vs Daley fight gets made at some point.A year ago I would have said that Nick would need to take daley down immediatley but not so sure now.I really like Nick's composed and high punch count technical style on the feet.It works out there.Not sure how Daley would react to the kind of frustration Nick will put him through with that kind of style.With that said no matter how strong nicks chin may be if Daley lands on his chin Nick's going to sleep.I really wish Nick would get better at takedowns.They could end up saving him one day.

mrgoodarmbar site profile image  

1/30/11 5:03 PM by mrgoodarmbar

WTF are you talking about? That wasn't stand and wang...That was some nice technical striking from both guys. Cyborg's leg kicks hurt me to watch them and you just don't see enough quality jabs like Diaz's.Serra and Lytle we're just swinging for the fences with terrible technique and Serra had no business not trying to bring that to the ground.

Marcus_Aurelius site profile image  

1/30/11 3:53 PM by Marcus_Aurelius

Yes I realize striking is more than just punching in MMA! But cmon he's called 'semtex' a fucking explosive! That's how hard his punches are! He could easily get head kick KO's, but it's not is fault that when is fist connects with is opponents chin that they nearly die! Lol.

Marcus_Aurelius site profile image  

1/30/11 3:48 PM by Marcus_Aurelius

I am gonna watch it, I recorded it. Yeh but cyborg's striking is not as good as Daley's , and my god cyborg is like the ultimate gasser! Lol. And that's because Daley's smart, he needs to show himself to the strikeforce audience, get is rep up again. You dont just rush into a fight with the champ...he wants to do what Diaz couldn't do first....and that is knock out the cocky bitch KJ Noons, which is what I wanna see him do. But trust me man, him diaz will meet at one point, and it'll be a great fight!

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1/30/11 3:40 PM by BLACKBUDDAH


BLACKBUDDAH site profile image  

1/30/11 3:34 PM by BLACKBUDDAH

Do you realize striking is more than punching? Daley is an Elite puncher but not an Elite striker because i have yet to see him KO someone with a head kick.