It didn’t take long for former welterweight Paul Daley to find a new promotional home after requesting (and receiving) his release from Strikeforce a week ago. Earlier today Bellator FC announced the British bomber had been inked to a deal and would make his debut on July 20 at Bellator 72.
No opponent has been linked to the match-up.
“I’ve been a Semtex fan for years,” stated Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in an official press release revealing Daley’s signing. “He’s an incredibly explosive fighter who is magic to watch inside the cage. So, when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with Paul, it was a simple decision to make. Paul’s one of those fighters I’ve always intentionally stayed home to watch and now I can watch him cageside at Bellator.”
The appreciation between sides was apparently mutual as Daley made clear in the statement, explaining, “When this chance came up, I was absolutely ready to make a long term commitment to Bellator. I have my sights set on winning the tournament and winning that Bellator title.”
“The organization has really been developing and signing a lot of the best fighters in the world, and it’s another reason why I signed with Bellator,” the 29-year old striker continued. “The tournament format is something that really stood out to me, and it’s a chance to face some of the best fighters in the sport. There isn’t anyone sitting at the top of the mountain top making decisions on who fights who, the fighters get to decide who is going to be the next champion, and that’s how it should be. Bellator does it right, and that’s why I’m here.”
Daley holds an overall record of 29-12-2 with twenty strike-based stoppages, though “Semtex” was 0-3 in his last three Strikeforce appearances including a recent Split Decision loss to Kazuo Misaki. However, he’s also racked up a number of impressive victories in the past such as those against Duane Ludwig, Jorge Masvidal, and Martin Kampmann.
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