Strikeforce’s anemic welterweight division dropped even further towards obscurity over the weekend when British bomber Paul Daley announced he’d severed ties with the organization in order to fight more frequently. Daley re-joined the company at the start of 2011 but has only fought a single time since, losing a decision to Kazuo Misaki in March. With no other rumored bouts on the horizon it appears Daley decided he’d had enough. By comparison Daley took to the cage on five occasions in 2011.
“I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so infrequently. My whole career, I’ve wanted to fight as often as possible, as it keeps me in the best form and condition,” said Daley in a statement from his team at Fight Management Ltd.
“My manager has already started speaking to some promotions about my future today following the official release papers from Strikeforce, and I’m looking forward to the next part in my journey,” he concluded.
Daley holds an overall record of 29-12 including twenty knockouts and wins over Duane Ludwig, Jorge Masvidal, and Martin Kampmann. His last three fights under the Strikeforce banner all involved losses with a back-and-forth battle with Nick Diaz easily the most memorable of the bunch.
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