by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Paul Daley has just signed a deal with the UFC that will see him make his debut within the promotion at UFC 103 against Brian Foster from Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad, according to MMAWeekly.com sources.
For Daley this contract means that he will finally find a home within a solid promotion, one where he will get his wish to fight the best in the world. This signing is just one of many after the fallout from the recent cancellation of the Affliction “Trilogy” show and shuttering of the promotion. It draws an end to Daley’s status as a hired gun and marks a new period in his life.
Up until Thursday, Daley had been hot property having courted offers from the UFC, Dream, Bellator and Strikeforce. Although all of the promotions have their appeal, it is understood that Daley’s desire to blast his way through the Top 10 is a key motivator. Daley has always maintained that his experience across the world was “on the job” training before he went into the thick of it with the UFC.
When the lights dim for the walkout at UFC 103 in Dallas, Daley will have his first chance to signal his intent to the welterweight division.