Paul Daley
Semtex
Bounced from welterweight tourney
WelterweightBellator
February 17, 2019
Daley was defeated by Michael Page via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 47-48) at Bellator 216 on Saturday in Connecticut.
ANALYSIS
After an inactive first round in which both fighters seemed to go with a "feeling out" process, Daley surprised many fight fans by turning to a wrestling-based approach. It was a bit surprising to see given his criticism of Jon Fitch for using a similar strategy in Daley's last fight, but in the end, it was probably the smart plan. Daley was giving up a ton of length to MVP, but was able to negate that by bringing him to the ground on several occasions. It was enough to win a few rounds, but not the fight as a whole, with MVP likely getting ahead in the scorecards due to his ability to reverse position in the championship rounds. Daley is fresh off a new contract with Bellator, but with most key 170-pound fighters tied up in the promotion's welterweight tournament, the next step for the 35-year-old Brit is unclear.
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Comes to terms with Bellator
WelterweightBellator
July 18, 2018
Daley agreed to a new deal with Bellator on Wednesday, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though Daley has previously expressed frustration with the promotion, he will return on a new contract in hopes facing his rival Michael Page in the near future. In order to do so, Daley will have to become the 10th and final participant in Bellator's welterweight tournament. During his most recent outing, Daley was out-wrestled by Jon Fitch (who is also participating in the tournament) and lost via unanimous decision in May.
Struggles with yet another wrestler
WelterweightBellator
May 12, 2018
Daley lost to Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) at Bellator 199 on Saturday in San Jose, Calif.
ANALYSIS
Daley is a veteran over 58 MMA fights. However, the story on him remains consistent. He is a skilled kickboxer who can finished basically anyone with his patented left hook. However, when he is forced to deal with a plus wrestler, he will find himself stuck on the bottom and struggle. Early in this fight, he tried to make the best of the few moments on the feet and landed some hard strikes. However, Fitch was able to control the bout with his wrestling. Daley's relationship with Bellator seems rocky to say the least at this point. It is likely he will soon be fighting for a new promotion.
Will welcome Jon Fitch to Bellator
WelterweightBellator
March 2, 2018
During the broadcast of Bellator 195, the promotion announced that Daley would face Fitch. The bout will be part of Bellator 199, which takes place May 12 at the SAP Center in San Jose.
ANALYSIS
Daley has been competing exclusively for Bellator since 2015. During this run, he has gone 5-2. In his last fight, he scored a second-round knockout over UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin. Daley had been linked to a grudge match against Michael "Venom" Page. However, Daley and Page are now both booked against other opponents.
Picks up yet another left hook knockout at Bellator 183
WelterweightBellator
September 24, 2017
Daley defeated Lorenz Larkin via TKO (punches) at 2:40 of Round 2 at Bellator 183 on Saturday in San Jose, Calif.
ANALYSIS
Anyone who fights Daley knows that they need to look out for the left hook, but it continues to finish fights over and over. Larkin took the first round in this fight. He was more active on the outside and scored with leg kicks and straight punches. The second round was another story. Daley appear to figure out the distance and go to work. He landed a spinning backfist and followed up with a left hook. Larkin was clearly hurt. Daley pounced on his opponent and finished the fight. Daley improves to 40-15-2 overall and 7-1 in Bellator. He might have done enough to earn a fight against the winner of the upcoming welterweight title fight between Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald.
Will meet Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183
WelterweightBellator
July 25, 2017
Daley will face Lorenz Larkin in a welterweight battle at Bellator 183 on September 23 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Daley suffered a second round submission loss (rear-naked choke) to Rory MacDonald in May and is 4-2 since joining Bellator in 2015. The former UFC fighter his historically been a strong striker with 29 KO/TKOs but his ground game could use a little work. Matched up with another UFC veteran and striker, this fight may be a boxing match where the person with the strongest chin and fastest hands will prevail.