Throughout his 12 year MMA career, welterweight vet Paul “Symtex” Daley has seen his share of highs and lows.
Since suffering back-to-back defeats for the only time in his career in 2011 in Strikeforce, Daley has been mostly on the upswing, winning eight of 10 bouts, including his two most recent bouts for the BAMMA promotion in his native United Kingdom.
“I had some tough competition in two Brazilians,” said Daley. “(Romario Manoel da Silva) from the Blackzilians was a very big fight for me because that team is doing so well right now and he’s a big welterweight who is very strong.
“Then I fought (Marinho Moreira da Rocha), who has a higher knockout rate than myself, so it was a very dangerous fight, and I beat him in the second round. It was good to get some stiff competition from two really two tough guys.”
Daley has mostly kept his routine the same, though he told MMAWeekly.com that he recently changed how his training camp works and that’s been a big help to him.
“The only change now is that I bring guys in rather than being part of a team,” said Daley. “I bring guys in who are capable of giving me a test and who have something to offer and are genuine people.”
Daley (35-13-2) will look to pick up his third win in a row at Bellator 134 in Uncasville, Conn., Friday night against fellow vet Andre Santos (37-9).
“I think it’s a good chance to get me used to competing on such a big show again,” said Daley. “Santos isn’t the original opponent, and I would have loved the chance to fight the champion, Douglas Lima, but I’ve got a very tough guy. I can’t overlook him and I’m treating him very seriously and it should be an exciting fight.
“You don’t want to go in there half-prepared. You want to be 100-percent for every fight. This is a dangerous fight for me and a tough fight.”
Looking ahead to the rest of 2015, Daley wants to make the most of his year not only in MMA, but in other combat sports as well.
“I’d like to collect belts in Bellator and K-1 or Glory, depending on how things pan out,” he said. “I also want to box. I want to do it all this year. We’re starting out early enough for me to get it done.
“I want to be a kickboxing champion with a recognized organization and make my boxing debut on Spike TV under Al Haymon’s promotion. I think they’re pretty high goals to hit and it’s a lot to work towards, but that’s what it’s about for me – aiming as high as I can and reaching and achieving.”