As noted earlier, top-10 world-ranked welterweight, Paul Daley (25-9-2), has signed a six-fight deal with Strikeforce. The 5-foot-9, 27-year-old native of London who fights out of Nottingham, England, has won two straight and six of his last seven.
“I’m looking forward to fighting for Strikeforce and would really love to fight (current Strikeforce welterweight champion) Nick Diaz,” Daley said. “He’s a big name and a great fighter. Diaz would bring out the best in me and would be a great test.”
Daley was climbing the welterweight ranks in the UFC with exciting knockout finishes of Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett before having his trajectory altered by perennial bad guy Josh Koscheck at UFC 113. What followed after their three round fight is more than well known at this point; “Semtex” threw a sucker-punch at Koscheck well after the last bell rang that cost him his UFC career. Daley has been in the cage twice since his UFC ostracism and has picked up victories over both Daniel Acacio and, most recently, Jorge Masvidal last Saturday, Sept. 11. It was the first time since July 1, 2006, that Daley had won a fight on points.
“I am a striker – there is no secret about that,” the exciting British bomber said. “I like to knock people out aggressively and quickly. That’s my game and no opponent’s going to change that. Almost all my fights are exciting and memorable with non-stop action.”
A former Cage Rage champion, Daley appeared on a Strikeforce co-promoted card on June 22, 2007. On the undercard of Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni in San Jose, Calif., he registered a second-round TKO (punches) over Duane “Bang” Ludwig.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.