In his first bout since a nationally televised loss to EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields, British welterweight Paul Daley was able to get back on the winning track.
During EliteXC’s “Heat” event in South Florida on Oct. 4 that was televised as a part of CBS’ Saturday Night Fights franchise, Daley was forced to submit to an armbar at 3:47 of round two following an impressive showing in round 1.
However, it was a different story Friday night while competing for the Maximum Fighting Championships at the River Cree Resort Casino in Alberta, Canada, with Daley using three left hands to finish former UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio at 2:18 of round 2.
Daley, known for his striking prowess as opposed to his ground fighting ability, was able to defend Alessio’s frequent takedown attempts. The end came after Alessio failed to bring Daley down to the mat with an ankle pick, which left the veteran’s face wide open for punishment.
“I saw from his fight with Thiago Alves that leg kicks could work on him so I went with them right from the start — mostly low but I threw a few high ones as well,” the 25-year-old Daley said in a post-fight interview. “I knew he was going to strike for a bit to set up the takedown so I used that to my advantage.”
Daley won the contest despite missing the mandated 170 pound weight limit by four pounds the day prior. The failure to make weight forced him to have to sacrifice 25 percent of his contracted purse to Alessio in order to ensure the fight went off as scheduled.
The win improved Daley’s record to 18-7-2 and after the fight, he indicated that he expects to return to action in January and stated that he’ll likely be competing either for Alliction Entertainment in the U.S. or for the Japan-based Sengoku promotion.
Daley remains contracted to ProElite, the parent company o
f EliteXC, and still is waiting to be granted unrestricted free agency while the company attempts to secure new financing so that it can restructure. The promotion suspended operations in mid-October amid financial woes. Daley will be allowed to compete outside of his contract since he has a non-exclusive agreement with ProElite.
In addition to Daley’s victory, Emanuel Newton claimed the MFC light heavyweight title from Roger Hollett following a unanimous decision victory. The win marked the one-time IFL veteran’s eighth victory in a row and improved his record to 10-3-1.