It was a fight so good even Conor McGregor had to give props to a Diaz brother.
On Friday, it was the 10th anniversary of Nick Diaz’s third and final Strikeforce welterweight title defense, and it was a barnburner. On April 9, 2011, Diaz fought powerhouse striker Paul Daley.
The contest didn’t make it out of the opening frame, with both fighters having the upper hand at points and dropping the other. After being hurt multiple times, Diaz secured the TKO finish, finishing “Semtex” with only three seconds left to go in the first round.
BT Sport’s Chamatkar Sandhu shared a highlight video on Twitter of the wild Strikeforce fight. And it can be watched below:
Can’t believe it’s already been a decade since Nick Diaz and Paul Daley produced arguably the single greatest round in MMA history.pic.twitter.com/HOjlo5M4TV
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) April 9, 2021
McGregor took to Twitter on Friday to react to Sandhu’s post, writing, “Incredible bout!”
Incredible bout! https://t.co/dBTrnyj60w
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 9, 2021
McGregor and Diaz have a long history as “Notorious” fought Diaz’s younger brother, Nate, twice in 2016. In their most notable confrontation, Nick was involved in the infamous water bottle throwing controversy during a UFC 202 press conference. Watch below:
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