Controversial British slugger Paul Daley made his second post-UFC appearance last night on the main card of Shark Fights 13 against former lightweight fighter Jorge Masvidal. “Semtex” showed up for the fight weigh ins overweight at 171.75 pounds and was forced to surrender some of his purse to the 168.75 pound Masvidal. Whether or not that indicates that Daley, who recently called for a bout with Nick Diaz to boost his motivation, was not taking the bout as seriously as he should is not known; Daley claims that the failure to make weight is a result of arriving to the States late due to visa issues and some discrepancies between his scale and the official scales. Either way, Daley didn’t exactly look like the highlight-reel fighter he has become known as en route to his win over Masvidal.
The first frame was all Daley, who mixed up his punches and kicks and took some time to try out a few new techniques. Masvidal did score a takedown in the round but “Semtex” managed to get back to his feet with relative ease. The second round saw a shift in momentum as Masvidal continued to weather Daley’s strikes and controlled the action with several takedowns. Daley looked to turn things up in the last stanza and did so despite Masvidal scoring a takedown early on. “Semtex” returned the favor and actually landed a rare takedown of his own from which he mounted some decent ground and pound. The strong finish was enough for the judges, who awarded Daley a unanimous decision victory over the very tough Jorge Masvidal.
Between his performance and brash post-fight comments (Daley responded to boos by lording over the crowd the fact that he likely gets paid more than they do and that they are the ones paying his salary), “Semtex” hardly won any fans over last night. He did do enough to earn a win though, so at least his place on the Shark Fights roster is secure.
Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley went down last evening at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.