Paul Daley Out of Bellator Season 8 Tournament, Denies Bar Brawl Allegations

December 26, 2012
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Paul Daley at Strike/ Elite XCPaul Daley will not be a participant in the Bellator season 8 welterweight tournament, but the fighter denies charges levied against him about a bar fight.

On Christmas day, reports began to surface that Daley was charged with assault stemming from a bar brawl in England, and the pending charges have kept the fighter from receiving a visa to return to the United States for work, in his case fighting for Bellator.

While Daley is indeed out of the tournament, the fighter stated late Wednesday night that he emphatically denies the allegations that he was involved in a bar fight.

“It seems as though (sp) a mass press release has gone out to the MMA media stating I was involved (in a) bar brawl, arrested, and cannot obtain a P-1 visa to compete in the USA. I am currently awaiting a decision on my visa, which is not expected until late April. Which means I am unable to compete in the season 8 Bellator tournament, as it starts in January,” Daley wrote in a message via Facebook.

“I will be fighting in Europe in the coming months, so I am able to stay active while awaiting a decision on my visa status. I was not involved in a bar brawl. This is 100-percent a false statement.”

Bellator Fighting Championships has yet to make a statement regarding the matter. will continue to follow this story as it develops.

  • George Sperry

    Then why is he having trouble obtaining a P-1 visa?
    He has been in the US many times and suddenly it’s an issue?

  • Seppo

    I am an EU citizen and it would not take me more than 2-3 days to obtain a visa

  • El Gvapo

    The police must say he was involved in a bar brawl, he says he wasn’t, simple really. He won’t get a visa until the situation is resolved though. It’s a shame really, I love watching Semtex fight but it always seems to be one **** up after another with this guy.

  • Darin

    Why is there an (sp) added after the word “though”? That is how the word is spelled.

    • Advance*

      I just looked at his facebook page and he had originally written, “It seems as those a mass press release…” So they were correcting his spelling

      • Darin

        If they changed what he wrote it should not have been in quotes, and if they corrected a spelling error there is no need to put (sp) behind it. This site is filled with amateurish writing and this is another example.

  • Euro trailer trash… Dana White is snickering right now.

  • Gary Fredericks

    What a waste of talent this guy is. I enjoy his fights but man, what a DOUCHE BAG!

  • Paul Daley is such a a talented fighter this is a shame. It doesn’t matter if you like the guy personally or not, it’s just a shame he won’t be apart of the tournament. A win against him would be big on the resume.