It didn’t take long for Strikeforce to put freshly-signed welterweight Paul Daley to work. Less than two after acquiring the controversial Brit, it appears the San Jose, California based promotion will pit him against veteran Scott Smith on December 4th inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Multiple sources confirmed the scrap with MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Daley was fired by the world’s biggest MMA organization this past May for sucker punching Josh Koscheck at UFC 113. The slugger claimed to be “glad” because plenty of other doors would open up. In steps Strikeforce, as the UFC’s stateside rivals have just inked another former Octagon athlete.
He has since posted wins over Daniel Acacio and most recently Jorge Masvidal at “Shark Fights 13.” He then signed a six-fight contract with Strikeforce earlier this month.
Smith has always been one of the sport’s most gracious and classy fighters. He holds a commendable 17-7 record, but has lost two of his last three bouts. He was most recently seen getting knocked out by Cung Le at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” this past June.