Bellator FC has added another well-known welterweight to their roster in the form of Paul Daley after going out to sign the likes of War Machine, Jay Hieron, and Ben Saunders in the past. Daley is one of the hardest-hitting 170ers in the sport and adds instant depth to the division currently headed by Olympic wrestler Ben Askren.
Daley was last seen under the Strikeforce banner but recently requested his release from the promotion and received it, citing an issue with how infrequently he was being booked to fight.
“I’ve been a ‘Semtex’ fan for years,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in a prepared statement to media. “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.”
The 29-year old Daley holds an overall record of 29-12-2 with twenty TKOs to his credit. Among the number of notable opponents “Semtex” has stopped with strikes in the past are Duane Ludwig, John Alessio, and Martin Kampmann.
Daley will make his promotional debut on July 20 at Bellator 72 against an yet-to-be-announced opponent.
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