Until a few days ago, Paul Daley was said to be fighting on the “Strikeforce: Columbus” card on March 5th, and it was presumed that a win there would earn him a shot at the winner of the Diaz vs Cyborg fight this Saturday (hint: it’ll be Diaz). Well it looks like Scott Coker couldn’t find an opponent for Daley or Daley’s being difficult as usual, because Fighters Only reports that he’ll instead headline a “BAMMA” event in England on February 26th against Deep champion Yuya Shirai (20-8).
As if postponing Paul’s Strikeforce return isn’t bad enough, Coker announced in a conference call on Monday that Daley’s title shot now depends on him winning the Shirai fight. That’s right, a Strikeforce title shot will be determined by a fight outside of Strikeforce. Not that Shirai isn’t necessarily as good as whoever Coker would have dug up, but still… since when do promoters use other promoters to build their title challengers for them? And why couldn’t this fight happen in Strikeforce anyway?
Coker says if Daley loses, “the deck’s gonna get reshuffled,” which begs the question: to what? What else are they gonna do, bring up Tyron Woodley from the Challengers shows and give him a shot? Pretend 2010 didn’t exist for Marius Zaromskis? It’d be better to let Daley sit on the shelf than to risk throwing away your #1 contender like this.