Daley knock out Smith, calls out Noons and Diaz
In the night’s co-headliner, Strikeforce newcomer Paul Daley rscored a stunning first-round knockout of Scott Smith.
Daley, fighting for a major organization for the first time since a post-fight suckerpunch of Josh Koscheck cost him his UFC job, was taunted by fans during Friday’s weigh-in. But the British slugger did his talking in the cage. There, after the fighters initially traded wild blows, Daley connected on two quick lefts to Smith’s chin. With the third, he got the leverage he needed and dropped Smith face first into the canvas.
Knowing it was a fight-ending blow, Daley simply walked away from his sleeping opponent.
After the fight, Daley called out lightweight/welterweight and sometimes-pro-boxer K.J. Noons, whom he thinks could help propel him to a title shot with champion Nick Diaz.
“Nick’s the champ, and I’m going to be the champion,” Daley said.