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Paul Daley Puts Strikeforce Title Shot at Risk in Feb. 26 Bout

Paul DaleyBritish striker Paul Daley is in line for the winner of a Jan. 29 clash between Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, but will risk the title shot to stay active as he meets Yuya Shirai on Feb. 26 in Manchester, England.

“If he loses, the deck’s gonna get reshuffled, and if he wins, then he’ll be the first in line to get the title shot,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said on a Monday conference call.

Formerly a UFC welterweight contender, Daley (26-9-2) joined Strikeforce off back-to-back wins and quickly knocked out Scott Smith in December to earn a shot at the belt.

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