Paul Daley leaves Strikeforce, signs with Bellator
Paul Daley has left Strikeforce (too bad). According to Wad Alameddine and Daley, the lack of fights is his reason for leaving Strikeforce. We think it might have been his piss poor performances, just a thought. Bellator (under Viacom’s direction we suspect) has chosen to pick up the welterweight who has in the past shown an inability to make weight consistently, and by consistently, we mean hardly ever and never when it was important. He’s also the man who sucker punched Kos after the 3rd bell out of frustration and idiocy. He should be a great addition to Bellator’s roster.
From Wad Alameddine of Fight Management’s press release:
“I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so infrequently,” the British striker stated. “My whole career I’ve wanted to fight as often as possible as it keeps me in the best form and condition.
“I felt that I put on nothing but entertaining fights while at the organization. The KOs of (Duane) Ludwig and Scott Smith were some great memories for me, as well as the back-and-forth fight of the year I had with Nick Diaz. My manager has already started speaking to some promotions about my future today following the official release papers from Strikeforce, and I’m looking forward to the next part in my journey.”
The Bellator Welterweight division just got even more explosive as feared British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley joins one of Bellator’s deepest divisions in a move that adds another world-class fighter to Bellator’s talent-laden roster.
“I’ve been a Semtex fan for years,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “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.”
Daley will make his Bellator debut on July 20 as the promotion will host Bellator 72 from The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX