Nick Diaz controlled the entire fight, with his grip on Scott Smith growing stronger as the fight wore on. He finished Smith off with a rear naked choke at 1:41 in the third round.
Diaz, who had the St. Louis crowd on his side, dominated a stand-up battle with Smith. His weapon of choice were body shots, and every one seemed devastating to Smith. His kicks were also textbook, though he didn't use them as often.
Quite often a fighter who rubs people the wrong way with his abrasive comments and penchant to flip the middle finger with little provocation, Diaz admitted that the things he says are often just a show after the fight. He enjoyed being a fan favorite on this evening, standing outside the cage and enjoying the cheers that deservedly came his away after such an impressive win.