- PAUL DALEY CONFIRMS ELITEXC BOUT, SHIELDS NEXT?

August 12, 2008
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by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting by Lee Whitehead)
A month removed from a knockout victory over Bojan Kosednar at the latest Cage Warriors event, top British welterweight Paul Daley confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his next bout will be in the U.S. for EliteXC.

“I will be fighting Sept. 20 in New Mexico, most likely against an undefeated ex-IFL fighter who cannot be named yet,” said Daley. “I’m really looking forward to it.

“ProElite have been awesome considering, and I went against their wishes in fighting for Cage Warriors in the U.K., but I was going through a bad time and it made sense to have the comeback in the U.K,” he continued, referring to circumstances that have led him in and out of retirement over the past year. In the process, Daley relinquished the championship titles he held with Cage Rage, FX-3, and King of the Ring.

He seems to be on an upswing of late, however, following his win over Kosednar with a quick return in September and a strong training camp.

“Right now I’m training my ass off. I’m always a slow starter in training camp, but I’m in my rhythm now,” informed Daley. “I leave for Holland this weekend for two weeks of training camp out there with Mike’s Gym and Melvin Manhoef before going to the U.S.A. and training with my secret weapon.”

Despite giving up the gold that was already around his waist, Daley has his sights set on more… possibly a showdown with EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields?

“I beat this guy (on Sept. 20), I will no doubt be fighting for the EliteXC title next!” stated and emphatic Daley.

As he stated in a recent interview on MMAWeekly Radio, Daley doesn’t lack confidence to challenge the best that EliteXC has to offer. “Eddie Alvarez, Jake Shields, Nick “The Goat” Thompson, K.J. Noons, whoever is put in front of me, I’m going to be knocking them out. My record at the moment is like a 73% knockout rate. That is going to go a lot higher, you better believe that.”