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Strikeforce results 'Fedor vs Henderson:' Tyron Woodley grinds out a win over Paul Daley

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The striker vs grappler match-up was in effect in the second fight of the evening at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" when mega-mauler Paul Daley threw hands with gritty grappler Tyron Woodley.

Except it looked a bit like the opposite in the early going.

"T-Wood" worked for the takedown but "Semtex" showed an unbelievably improved clinch game and avoided hitting the mat like the plague.

On the opposite side, Woodley looked more than proficient in the striking department, despite a natural disadvantage in power and technique.

The game plan, though, was key, as Woodley continued to apply the pressure and eventually imposed his will. His relentless pace and unbreakable spirit led him to a significant, albeit highly uneventful, decision victory.

Daley has now lost consecutive fights, a welterweight championship bout and what, on paper, appeared to be a number one contender bout.

He may or may not be in danger of the firing squad but he's always got BAMMA across the pond -- and a potential match-up against Nate Marquardt -- to fall back on.

Woodley, meanwhile, remains undefeated in his young career, improving his record to a flawless 9-0. The competition has improved each time out and he's risen to the challenge every time.

If Strikeforce does indeed remain separate from UFC, should he be headed for a fight to determine the next 170-pound champion?

Or will the powers that be scare away from "lay-n-pray?"

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