Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley fight set for Strikeforce event on April 9

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Let's get this party started.

Trash-talking bad boys, Nick Diaz and Paul Daley, will finally collide in a welterweight war that will likely headline the Strikeforce event that is tentatively scheduled to take place in San Diego, Calif., on April 9, 2011.

ESPNs Josh Gross was the first to report the long-rumored 170-pound championship match up this evening, which will be for Diaz's welterweight world title ... if "Semtex" can make weight, of course.

Diaz has been on an absolute tear the last five years, winning 13 of 15 fights, which includes a sensational submission win over Pride FC champion, Takanori Gomi, which was later ruled a "No Contest" because he was found to have marijuana coursing through his veins.

The fiery Stockton, Calif., native recently avenged his only loss during that span, a referee stoppage because of cuts caused by KJ Noons back in 2007, by beating the professional boxer at his own game en route to an impressive unanimous decision victory.

Diaz -- who recently dispatched of the dangerous Evangelista Santos via second round submission in his most recent performance earlier this year -- now faces probably the stiffest competition the promotion currently has to offer in its not-so-top-heavy welterweight division.

Daley recently notched another brutal knockout, devastating DEEP Welterweight Yuya Shirai with a vicious left uppercut, hook combination in the BAMMA 5 main event this past weekend in England.

It was supposed to be a five-round fight for the promotion's vacant welterweight belt, but "Semtex" came in heavy at the weigh ins, relegating the contest to a three-round, non-title affair.

Daley made up for the transgression, which is one of many scale-related miscalculations throughout his exciting mixed martial arts career, with the early finish, but Scott Coker and Co. need to be concerned that the brash Brit hits his 170-pound mark in April.

"Semtex" is currently enjoying a four-fight win streak since his release from the UFC last year after landing a cheap shot after the bell in a frustrating loss to Josh Koscheck. He's cocky and confident now so more than ever, and he'll look to extend his knockout win streak to three when he locks horns with Diaz.

Rest assured that Diaz will likely give him every opportunity to land a big punch, or several, because he's not scared to throwdown with anyone, homie. How long a strategy like that will work against a power-punching knockout artist like Daley, however, is anyone's guess.

Hurry up, April.

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