British MMA fighter Paul “Semtex” Daley and Strikeforce have decided to part ways. The former UFC fighter requested to be released from his current Strikeforce contract, due to the infrequency of his fights.
“I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so infrequently,” Daley stated in a press release. “My whole career, I’ve wanted to fight as often as possible, as it keeps me in the best form and condition. … I felt that I put on nothing but entertaining fights while at the organization. The knockouts of [Duane] Ludwig and Scott Smith were some great memories for me, as well as the back-and-forth fight of the year I had with Nick Diaz. 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.”
With a professional MMA record of 29-12-2, Daley has already established himself as a dangerous welterweight. But he has struggled a bit recently, losing three of his last five fights. However, Daley’s losses were against some pretty tough opponents. And I actually thought he fought well against Nick Diaz (arguably the most entertaining round of 2011) and Tyrone Woodley.
Daley hasn’t yet indicated which organization he plans to sign with next, but he is interested in competing in MMA and K-1 events. However, I won’t be surprised if he decides to sign with BAMMA, considering the fact he has been successful with the British MMA promotion in the past, securing wins against Yuya Shirai and Jordan Radev.
Regardless of where Daley ends up next, I’m sure he still has a few more entertaining fights left in him. His wrestling has considerably improved over the years, and his devastating knockout power makes him a dangerous opponent for anyone.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.