Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley Signs with Bellator

June 15, 2012
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Paul Daley vs Scott SmithIt didn’t take Paul “Semtex” Daley long to find a new home following his release from Strikeforce just a few days ago.

The British heavy hitter has signed on with Bellator Fighting Championships and will debut for the promotion on July 20 at Bellator 72.

“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 closed out his Strikeforce career by going 2-3 overall, but faced some of the stiffest competition the promotion could present to him while fighting there.

In 2011, Daley lost to current UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, but the pair put on one of the most exciting fights of the year despite it lasting less than a single round.

Now Daley brings his power and brash attitude to the Bellator cage where he will begin fighting in just over a month.

“I’ve been a fan of Bellator for a long while,” Daley said. “When this chance came up, I was absolutely ready to make a long term commitment to Bellator. I have my sights set on winning the tournament and winning that Bellator title.”

Daley’s opponent at Bellator 72 should be announced in the coming days.


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  • phrankthetank

    Winning the welterweight tournament…. Possibly. Winning the belt from askren with zero ground game? Not going to happen

  • JDM

    Who cares

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    He better be training wrestling full-time if he wants to beat “Boring” Ben Askren.

  • pooby

    FYI

    I’m OK with this.

  • DrkDisciple

    How long b4 he doesnt make weight? Probably 1st fight for Bellator.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    He’s going to have to train wrestling full-time if he wants to beat “Boring” Ben Askren