In Paul Daley’s mind a win over Kazuo Misaki this Saturday night at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey places him right in the fight to compete for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title with a familiar foe standing opposite from him in the cage.

Last year, Daley and unbeaten divisional star Tyron Woodley met in a war, as “T-Wood” claimed a decision victory over three rounds of action. The Brit, however, feels Woodley just stalled, never going for the finish to secure a decision.

“Real fighters let the fight evolve in whichever way it should go, and they finish the fight, not stall…real lions go for the kill,” said Daley, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “I beat Woodley in my opinion, so it wasn’t that frustrating. He fought a scared fight and was tired by the second round.”

“Semtex” added that he feels a win over Misaki sets him up for a championship match with Woodley to determine the new Strikeforce welterweight king, saying, “After this fight, the only fight I should be offered is a rematch with Tyron Woodley for the welterweight belt.”

Daley and Misaki will be part of the Showtime-televised main card this weekend from Columbus, Ohio. The main event boasts Miesha Tate defending her women’s crown against Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey.


MMATraining Take: Daley may be right in that Woodley laid and prayed during the latter stages of the match, but that is part of MMA. Daley can’t expect every fighter he faces to be like Nick Diaz and be willing to stand and trade with him over the course of a fight.