MMA  > General MMA  > Paul Daley On Nick Diaz: "There???s No Way He???ll Stand Up With Me"
March 7, 2011, 11:58 PM
http://www.mmahq.com/blog/2011/03/07/exclusive-interview-pa ul-daley-theres-no-way-hell-stand-up-with-me/

When did you first hear that Strikeforce wanted the Nick Diaz fight to happen as soon as April 9th?

Well it was the week of my fight when I heard a few different things but Strikeforce had announced that they were moving the heavyweight tournament around a little so we expected maybe to hear something.

Not long after I beat Shirai, my manager got the call asking about fighting Diaz on 9th April. I think when Strikeforce knew that the heavyweight tournament would have to be moved then my fight with Shirai was the one result they were waiting for.

Do you think you???ve got enough time to prepare for someone as dangerous as Nick Diaz?

Well first I wasn???t going to take it because I wanted some downtime after this training camp but my team spoke about it and we???re confident that we???ve got a good game for this fight and this is the right decision for us.

I???m going to smash him, take his belt then I can take all the time off I want.

There were situations outside of your control that contributed to the weigh in situation at BAMMA but are you confident that you can hit the 170 mark at Strikeforce?

Yeah the BAMMA situation was pretty messed up because the hotel had locked the Sauna off and that situation made it pretty impossible. In the end I only missed it by 0.4lbs and with a sauna that would have come off pretty easily.

There???s no downtime so I don???t have to do as big a cut so I???m very confident that Strikeforce won???t be a problem.

Do you honestly think that Nick Diaz will stand up with you?

There???s no way he???ll stand up with me. He might think he wants to but his coaches won???t allow it; Cesar Gracie???s a great coach and he won???t want him trading punches.

What holes do you see in Nick Diaz???s game that you can exploit?

His boxing and his lack of wrestling. I???m a better athlete than he is. He???s a really dangerous grappler but he???s got to get in close enough to make it work and I???m not going to give him the chance.

Do you ever want to fight back in the UFC or do you just want to fight?

I just want to fight against decent competition and be able to live the life of a fighter and pay my bills. The thing is there???s a lot of great fighters in different organisations and the UFC doesn???t have such a stranglehold on all the best talent.

It???s great for fighters who want to fight often against good guys and maybe don???t want to fight in the UFC.

So looking on to April 9th then. What are we going to see from Paul Daley?

I???m going to smash him within three rounds. We do have a more complex game plan than that but that???s as simple as I can break it down at the minute.
March 8, 2011  05:53 PM ET

If youIf you???re going to post threads, post threads worth talking about. Nobody cares what Paul Daley thinks. Your such a noob, I bet you just started watching MMA and just want to be cool and blend in with the rest of the group. I bet you wear tight affliction t-shirts on the weekends and drink protein shakes at work in the break room bragging how much you can bench press lol

March 8, 2011  06:00 PM ET

I would say if you don't post new topics, don't bash against someone who does.
Most times when I can't post, then only other person making this MMA board active is snake.

while I can see the criticism of him not actively discussing in the boards, I find it funny that most people prefer to bash him for doing something that is inherent to a message boards... putting up new threads.

And if you don't think it is a great topic, then don't read.

March 8, 2011  06:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would say if you don't post new topics, don't bash against someone who does.Most times when I can't post, then only other person making this MMA board active is snake.while I can see the criticism of him not actively discussing in the boards, I find it funny that most people prefer to bash him for doing something that is inherent to a message boards... putting up new threads.And if you don't think it is a great topic, then don't read.

Hey, he bashes on me in my topics so if he can dish it then be ready to accept it. You know the rules.

March 8, 2011  06:02 PM ET

I have great interest in this fight, and think it will be a great fight.
And while I do agree PD has the advantage standing up, let's not forget that Diaz stood up all fight against K.J. Noons, so he is not afraid to stand & bang.

And, if this goes to the ground, we know it's game over for Paul. So while I agree with Paul on his own assessment, this is more like a "taunting" to lure Diaz to stand and strike than anything else...

March 8, 2011  06:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hey, he bashes on me in my topics so if he can dish it then be ready to accept it. You know the rules.

I know. and I am sorry if it sounds like I am talking only about you.
Most people in this board bashes snake every topic he puts up.


but on the other hand, man, show some restrain. he said you r a noob. You went all personal... no need to "up one" :)

March 8, 2011  06:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I have great interest in this fight, and think it will be a great fight. And while I do agree PD has the advantage standing up, let's not forget that Diaz stood up all fight against K.J. Noons, so he is not afraid to stand & bang.And, if this goes to the ground, we know it's game over for Paul. So while I agree with Paul on his own assessment, this is more like a "taunting" to lure Diaz to stand and strike than anything else...

Roni you know the formula beating guys like Daley, on his feet he is dangerous but on the ground he is done. And you know he is one of my favorite fighters because he will knock you out if you try to stand with him but has terrible ground game.

March 8, 2011  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I know. and I am sorry if it sounds like I am talking only about you. Most people in this board bashes snake every topic he puts up.but on the other hand, man, show some restrain. he said you r a noob. You went all personal... no need to "up one" :)

Thats not all he said, your only reading one comment. Plus I do expect you to call me out just like I am sure you expect me to call you out. Rules apply on both end, its part of the debate. :)

March 8, 2011  06:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Roni you know the formula beating guys like Daley, on his feet he is dangerous but on the ground he is done. And you know he is one of my favorite fighters because he will knock you out if you try to stand with him but has terrible ground game.

well, that's the intriguing part though.
Diaz is known for trying to prove he is tuff and he could try to stand all fight.

I would LOVE to see that happen... but do you think he will be dumb enough?

March 8, 2011  06:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

well, that's the intriguing part though. Diaz is known for trying to prove he is tuff and he could try to stand all fight. I would LOVE to see that happen... but do you think he will be dumb enough?

No he won't stand in front of him, just like how Kos wouldn't and Gsp would stand with Alves

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March 8, 2011  10:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

well, that's the intriguing part though. Diaz is known for trying to prove he is tuff and he could try to stand all fight. I would LOVE to see that happen... but do you think he will be dumb enough?

I think he will stand for a while at first because Diaz does love to stand and bang. Daley is underestimating Diaz because he can take some shots wihout it fading him a bit (can he take a Daley punch though? ) and don't underestimate Diazs boxing skills. But eventually Diaz will take Daley down and sub him pretty quickly. But I look forward to watching this fight.

March 8, 2011  10:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No he won't stand in front of him, just like how Kos wouldn't and Gsp would stand with Alves

I think you are mixing up guys like GSP (who plays safe) and the Diaz brothers (thugs who likes to prove how tough they are).

Diaz stood for full 5 rounds against a boxer/kickboxer in K.J. Noons. Someone who not only has a great standup, but more than that, had already beaten Diaz via TKO on the first encounter.

So I disagree Diaz plays "safe". if anything, the fact he stood against Noons just goes to show his striking game improved, and that he might be inclined to prove Paul wrong.

March 8, 2011  10:38 PM ET
QUOTE:

watched the 1st UFC in 94(delayed broadcast) and been following Pancrase and UWFi back in the 90's on Japanese channel here in the Philippines...fade out you ****

Snake bringing in the pain... :P

March 8, 2011  10:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I think he will stand for a while at first because Diaz does love to stand and bang. Daley is underestimating Diaz because he can take some shots wihout it fading him a bit (can he take a Daley punch though? ) and don't underestimate Diazs boxing skills. But eventually Diaz will take Daley down and sub him pretty quickly. But I look forward to watching this fight.

I don't know if Diaz has good Takedowns... but then again, I don't think Paul has great TDD neither :)

March 8, 2011  11:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I don't know if Diaz has good Takedowns... but then again, I don't think Paul has great TDD neither :)

Well it will end up on the ground at some point I'm sure, even if its Daley dropping him. Once it goes to the ground it will end quickly. Diaz doesn't necessarily need to be the one getting the takedown. He's every bit as deadly frm his back as in dominant position.

March 9, 2011  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think you are mixing up guys like GSP (who plays safe) and the Diaz brothers (thugs who likes to prove how tough they are).Diaz stood for full 5 rounds against a boxer/kickboxer in K.J. Noons. Someone who not only has a great standup, but more than that, had already beaten Diaz via TKO on the first encounter.So I disagree Diaz plays "safe". if anything, the fact he stood against Noons just goes to show his striking game improved, and that he might be inclined to prove Paul wrong.

And thats why he is not a smart fighter, if he is dumb enough to stand and gets K.O will only show his lack of intelligence.

March 9, 2011  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE:

watched the 1st UFC in 94(delayed broadcast) and been following Pancrase and UWFi back in the 90's on Japanese channel here in the Philippines...fade out you ****

Your welcome for adding life to your thread lol, you have to stir the pot a little.

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March 9, 2011  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

I don't believe you.

lol, good stuff.

 
March 9, 2011  07:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

And thats why he is not a smart fighter, if he is dumb enough to stand and gets K.O will only show his lack of intelligence.

you really put your opinion ahead of facts.
You call him dumb where I call him gutsy.
I rather have someone who challenges the strong points of the opponent than great gifted guys who prefer the easy secure road to a 5 round snooze fest decision win.

And like I said, he is not slouch in his strikes. it is not like we are asking Cheick Kongo to try and go to the ground against Nog.

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