Controversy seems to follow welterweight Paul Daley like thunder does lighting. Booted from the UFC for his unprofessional behavior after a bout with Josh Koscheck, Daley has bounced around from company to company until recently landing in Bellator. However, it seems the relationship between fighter and promoter may now be in jeopardy as the result of a contractual issue.
Daley was set to make his tournament debut under the organization’s banner in January but withdrew last week after being charged with assault, a situation preventing the Brit from getting a visa to travel overseas and compete in the cage. “Semtex” quickly released a statement saying he hoped to fight in England while waiting out the case, though it looks like Bellator isn’t too keen on one of their stars risking his status on the regional scene.
“Received a legal document from Bellator this morning, signed by Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney and Legal representatives of the promotion.
Despite, Bellator being aware of a legal matter preventing me from obtaining a P-1 visa to compete in the USA, and therefore making it unable for me to fulfill certain terms of my contract, Its seems as though they are attempting to stop me from earning a living while awaiting a decision that is out of my control, and is not expected until Late April 2013.
This situation has been developing daily, since Oct 2012 with back and forth emails between myself, my management and Bellator representatives (including Bjorn, and Talent relations officer Sam Caplan, to name a few).”
SOURCE: Daley’s Facebook
PHOTO CREDIT: Bellator