One of the biggest MMA stars in the UK, Paul “Semtex” Daley, has announced that he left Bellator.
In his recent Facebook post, Daley stated that he couldn’t agree with Bellator about his next fight. According to him, he was asking Bellator to book him a match for the past five months, but he refused to fight Michael “Venom” Page, which was what Bellator wanted.
Daley further added that he politely asked Bellator to release him from his fight contract and that they have agreed. As for his next move, Daley said that he plans to fight for the next 18 months in whichever organisation offers him the best fights. Additionally, when asked about his potential return to the UFC, the Brit was open about it.
He said, “If the UFC contacted me, I would go back there. Of course, I would. All I want to do is fight the fights that I’m promised within a reasonable time frame. I would love to fight all the big fights I could.”
Paul Daley’s last fight was against Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183 on September 24, 2017. Daley came in as a betting sites underdog, but he was able to overcome the odds and win via KO (punches) in the second round.
The 34-year-old first signed for Bellator in 2012, but he received a ban shortly after because of his legal problems outside of the ring. Two years later, he will return to Bellator and have seven fights (5 wins and 2 losses).
Unfortunately, the Brit is most famous for his incident at UFC 113 when he punched Koscheck well after the bell. That move almost ended his entire MMA career. However, he bounced back and managed to have 23 fights in various MMA organisations all over the world. Right now, Paul has a professional MMA record of 40 wins, 15 losses, and 2 draws.
Finally, Bellator and its boss, Scoot Cooker, are yet to announce anything about Daley’s situation.