Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley
The poster for Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.
DateApril 9, 2011
VenueValley View Casino Center
CitySan Diego, California
Event chronology
Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum

Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley was a mixed martial arts event held by Strikeforce, the event took place on April 9, 2011, at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.[1]


This was the first non-Challengers event that Strikeforce held under the management of their new owners Zuffa, who bought the promotion the previous month.[2]

This event was originally expected to feature Alistair Overeem vs. Fabrício Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers, the two remaining quarter-final fights in the Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. Both the event and the fights were listed on Strikeforce's official site. However, on March 2, 2011, Scott Coker confirmed the bouts were being moved to the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event to be held in Dallas, Texas, on June 18[3] with Overeem & Barnett winning the rescheduled bouts.

K.J. Noons was expected to make his return to lightweight on this card,[4] but a bout did not materialize.

Mike Kyle was scheduled to face Gegard Mousasi, but withdrew from the bout on March 31, 2011, due to a broken hand.[5] Keith Jardine agreed to step in on one week's notice to fight Mousasi.[6] The Mousasi/Kyle bout finally took place at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine in January 2013, where Mousasi submitted Kyle with a rear naked choke in the first round.

This is the last non-Challengers Strikeforce event to feature men's bouts in weight classes below lightweight.

The event drew an estimated average of 528,000 viewers, however peaked at 806,000 viewers.[7]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Nick Diaz (c) def. Paul Daley TKO (punches) 1 4:57 [a]
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez (c) def. Tatsuya Kawajiri TKO (elbows) 1 3:14 [b]
Light Heavyweight Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine Draw (majority) (29–27, 28–28, 28–28) 3 5:00 [c]
Lightweight Shinya Aoki def. Lyle Beerbohm Submission (neck crank) 1 1:33
Preliminary card
Middleweight Casey Ryan def. Paul Song Submission (triangle choke) 1 1:39
Catchweight (140 lbs) Rolando Perez def. Edgar Cardenas Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Herman Terrado def. A.J. Matthews KO (punch) 1 4:16
Lightweight Joe Duarte def. Saad Awad Submission (armbar) 2 2:45
Heavyweight Virgil Zwicker def. Brett Albee TKO (strikes) 1 1:46
Featherweight Robbie Peralta def. Hiroyuki Takaya Decision (split) (30–27, 30–27, 28–29) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Welterweight Championship.
  2. ^ For the Lightweight Championship.
  3. ^ Mousasi was docked one point in round one for an illegal upkick.


Nick Diaz: $175,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $65,000

Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Tatsuya Kawajiri: $97,612.50

Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 drew Keith Jardine: $25,000

Shinya Aoki: $73,637.50 (no win bonus) def. Lyle Beerbohm: $10,000

Robert Peralta: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Hiroyuki Takaya: $2,740

Virgil Zwicker: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus) def. Brett Albee: $1,000

Joe Duarte: $2,000 ($1,000 win bonus) def. Saad Awad: $1,500

Herman Terrado: $1,500 ($500 win bonus) def. A.J. Matthews: $1,000

Rolando Perez: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus) def. Tom Peterson: $1,000

Casey Ryan: $2,000 ($1,000 win bonus) def. Paul Song: $750


  1. ^ "San Diego: Diaz vs Daley". 2011-03-03.
  2. ^ "UFC purchases Strikeforce". 2011-03-12. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "April 9 "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" event set for San Diego Sports Arena". 2011-03-02.
  4. ^ "Noons Eying April 9 Strikeforce Return at Lightweight". 2011-02-28.
  5. ^ "Mike Kyle Withdraws From Gegard Mousasi Fight". 2011-02-28.
  6. ^ "Jardine replaces injured Kyle, faces Mousasi at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley"". Archived from the original on 2011-04-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^