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Paul Daley vacates Cage Rage British welterweight title


Paul “Semtex” Daley has vacated the Cage Rage British welterweight title, according to an official announcement on the Cage Rage website.

Marius Zaromskis and Che Mills are slated to fight for the now vacant title.

The announcement added that Daley will remain the Cage Rage World welterweight champion and could defend the title during the latter portion of the 2008 calendar year or in early 2009.

Daley had been scheduled to fight next on May 10 at Cage Rage 26 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England. While the Cage Rage announcement did not say that fight had been canceled, it would appear that the fight is off.

Prior to the report that he would be fighting May 10, plans had been made for Daley to compete on the undercard of the Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le show that took place in San Jose, Calif. on March 29.

It is believed that EliteXC pulled Daley from the San Jose show in response to a forum post he made in which he announced his intentions to retire.

“As of now I will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and World), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion,” Daley wrote in February in a message posted on the Cage Warriors message forum. “I vacate all these titles. Furthermore I consider myself retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th I will fulfill my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet unnamed opponent

“No speculation. No further announcements. Once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in the martial arts, I may return to this SPORT. Maybe six months, maybe six years, who knows.”

Daley, considered one of the best mixed martial arts prospects to come out of England, last competed on Jan. 25 in Atlantic City on a ShoXC card where he recorded a first round TKO over Sammy Morgan. The win marked Daley’s fifth consecutive victory.

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