This being Nick Diaz, the fight was not without controversy.
Daley ate two punches against the cage before shoving Diaz off of him and abruptly collapsing to the mat. The fight was stopped with just seconds remaining in the first round as referee "Big" John McCarthy pulled Diaz off a prone Daley while the British fighter still appeared to be attempting an intelligent defense.
That said, Daley had eaten three consecutive punches and his hands had dropped. McCarthy is one of the most experienced officials in the world - but this had shades of Meldrick Taylor and Julio Caesar Chavez written all over it. In the famous boxing match Taylor was cruising to an upset when referee Richard Steel stopped the fight with literally two seconds to go, giving Chavez a TKO win. This wasn't nearly as significant and it wasn't analogous - in the boxing match the two had fought hard for 12 rounds and the stoppage cost Taylor what would have been a victory on the scorecards. But in both fights, the bout was stopped with just seconds on the clock when a fighter looked like he could still continue.
We can debate that tomorrow. While the fighter's safety comes first, in some ways it feels like we were cheated out of another 20 minutes of glorious fighting. Right now, it's time to celebrate the five amazing minutes we did get.
Semtex chimed in on the stoppage, via facebook and interview:
Paul 'semtex' Daley
Is in good health. Some u win, some u lose. A little frustrating, I made mistakes I told myself I wouldn't do. A little to rushed. Think the stoppage was early, especially with so little time left in the round. Now some timw off, a few holidays and some downtime. See what's next. Team Semtex all day. Love u all....still, including the... HATERS. Mwah. www.semtex.tv
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