Paul Daley may not have defeated Nick Diaz and won the Strikeforce welterweight title, but he definitely won the respect of a lot of people with his performance.
Even one of his biggest detractors, UFC president Dana White, admitted he was impressed with Daley’s showing.
It’s been well documented after Daley’s fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 in May 2010 that White stated the British born fighter will never, ever compete in the Octagon again. So it became a very sticky situation for Daley when Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, purchased Strikeforce and now had Daley as an employee once again.
According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, they have plans for Daley, and he will be with the promotion for the foreseeable future.
“Yeah, absolutely. With that performance? Come on,” Coker told MMAWeekly Radio about Daley’s job security. “I think that Paul definitely deserves to fight again, and we’re going to try to get him back out there before not too long here.”
The fight between Diaz and Daley lasted just one round, but had more action than some 15-minute affairs. Daley dropped the champion midway through the fight, but was finished by Diaz with just seconds remaining in the opening round.
While there is no definite date on when Daley will return to the Strikeforce cage, Coker seems confident it will happen sometime this summer.
“I think in the next three or four months you’ll see Paul back in the cage,” Coker revealed.
Since the fight with Diaz, Daley has returned home to England and hasn’t made many public statements outside of posting on his personal Facebook page. While Diaz may be focused on boxing for the immediate future, Daley could easily earn another shot at the champion if he stays active in Strikeforce’s welterweight division.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Daley’s next fight when it becomes available.
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