by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Paul Daley will officially retire from Cage Rage after his British Welterweight championship fight at Cage Rage 21 on 4/21 against an opponent that is still to be decided. Daley has been blitzing his way through the UK scene in devastating fashion and really built a name for himself. His last outing was a 3-round decision loss against Pride veteran Luis Azeredo at Cage Rage 19, in which he demonstrated great, immense heart and that he is undoubtedly a world-class fighter.
Initial rumblings have linked Daley with a move to Bodog Fight, but the reality is a little different. The UFC are gearing up for a 4-5 events in the UK during 2007 and it is believed that Daley will play a pivotal role in the company’s plans for expansion into the UK.
For Daley’s part he has two more fights in the UK lined up; his last contracted Cage Rage fight is likely to be against Suley Mahmood or Phil Norman, although at this stage word from London Shootfighters head Man Alexis Demetriades is that they would like Mahmood to have another fight before a potential match against Daley, as he has only had two fights thus far at Welterweight and is still getting used to the weight. If this is the case, he will most likely fight at the next Cage Rage Contenders show on March 4th.
Bodog appears to be building a solid relationship with Cage Rage and Dave O’Donnell has been putting a British Team together to compete at the next Show. So far, it looks like Phil Norman might be matched against Dave Strasser, Pierre Guillett against Trevor Prangley, Matt Ewin against Andrei Semenov, and former Cage Rage Featherweight Champion Brad Pickett against an opponent to be confirmed. The Bodog fights will be happening in Costa Rica and the British team will be representing Cage Rage on the Card. Pickett’s participation will surely remove Pickett from the upcoming Cage Rage match against Ronnie Mann, an opponent Pickett has really been looking forward to facing.
Finally, touching on Pickett, there are a lot of rumors circulating around these waters that he might be facing Leigh Remedios at an upcoming Cage Rage show although I have been unable to contact Pickett to gain an official word. Remedios had previously retired from the MMA competitive scene. But, the understanding is that he had a very good showing in Vegas for the TUF5 series covering 155lbs and that a match against Pickett just might be the ticket to a full MMA return.