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Diaz wins title treating Zaromskis like a punching bag

Steve Cofield

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Nick Diaz's boxing is simply too much for anyone in Strikeforce right now at 170 pounds -- and possibly even 185 pounds.

The 27-year-old keeps getting better each time out. His volume-style punching has allowed him to steamroll five straight opponents. Saturday's victim was Marius Zaromskis, a highly touted Lithuanian. Diaz stayed in the pocket and took some big shots from Zaromskis, but Zaromskis took too many shots and wilted in the final minute. A short right dropped Zaromskis and Troy Waugh stepped in at 4:38, giving Diaz (21-7) the Strikeforce welterweight title.

Zaromskis entered the fight with a great reputation as a striker -- especially scary were his lethal head kicks. His offense is solid but he needs to work on his defense. If you have defensive deficiencies, you're dead meat against Diaz. He did the same thing in his fights against Scott Smith and Frank Shamrock. Next up may be Jay Hieron for his first 170-pound title defense. Hieron survived a tough battle earlier in the night against Joe Riggs.

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