Paul Daley built on his winning streak and put away Scott Smith in the first round of their affair with a devastating knockout. The British fighter known as “Semtex” made quick work of Smith, landing bombs in the form of left hooks.
In the first minute of the round, Daley mixed it up a bit, landing kicks and punches, gauging his distance with Smith. A one-two combination early in the opening stanza was the beginning of the end, as Daley landed a right hand that put Smith down. The fight went to ground for just a very brief moment before Smith got back to his feet in an obvious daze.
From here, Smith remained on the defensive while Daley utilized his jab to set up for more effective shots. Daley’s left hook was the death blow that ended the night when his opponent walked right into it. Smith went crashing down to the canvas unconscious and not moving, and the referee stopped the fight at that point.
“Coming into the fight, I was a little worried about Scott’s power,” Daley said in his post-fight interview. “He’s a nice guy, he’s a great fighter and I had to be cautious.
“He’s been in a few Rocky…moments, but this ain’t no movie. ‘Semtex’ is for real.”
It’s clear that Paul Daley will make some definite noise in the Strikeforce welterweight division. His knockout of a fighter that typically fights at middleweight is a striking example of that. He wasted no time in deciding who he wants to take on next.
“I want KJ (Noons) next,” he said. “Let’s sign on the dotted line. Let’s get this fight done. Next is Nick Diaz. I ain’t messing around. I’m here to be the champion and I’m going to be the champion. That’s what’s up!”
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