Strikeforce: Diaz, Aoki and Melendez with first-round wins

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Some of the greatest fighters on the planet did battle this Saturday in San Diego. And there was no lack of action at Strikeforce event held in San Diego, as you can see in the photos by Esther Lin.

In the evening’s main event, welterweight champion Nick Diaz successfully defended his belt against the dangerous Paul Daley, a former UFC fighter. The Cesar Gracie student notched his tenth win in a row and twenty-fifth of his career (25w-7l-1d), by first-round knockout. Now he sets his sights on a future showdown with his UFC counterpart, Georges Saint-Pierre.

Another Cesar Gracie student defending his title on the night, Gilbert Melendez too was more than rose to the occasion. He put away stalwart Japanese fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri by TKO also in the first round.

In other main card fights, former UFC fighter Keith Jardine fought to a draw with Gegard Mousasi, while submission savant Shinya Aoki imposed his Jiu-Jitsu on Lyle Beerbohm, winning by rear-naked choke still in the first round.

Check out the results:

Strikeforce: “Diaz vs. Daley”
San Diego, California, USA
April 9, 2011

Nick Diaz venceu Paul Daley por TKO at 4:57 min of R1

Gilbert Melendez defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO at 3:14 min of R1

Keith Jardine and Gegard Mousasi fought to a draw

Shinya Aoki submitted Lyle Beerbohm via rear-naked choke at 1:33 min of R1

Robert Peralta defeated Hiroyuki Takaya via split decision

Virgil Zwicker defeated Brett Albee via TKO at 1:46 min of R1

Joe Duarte submitted Saad Awad via armbar at 2:45 min of R2

Herman Terrado defeated AJ Matthews via TKO at 4:16 min of R1

Rolando Perez defeated Edgar Cardenas via unanimous decision

Casey Ryan submitted Paul Song via triangle at 1:39 min of R1

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