“Semtex” Daley will not be making a UFC return at the
organization’s upcoming show in Manchester, England. The top
British welterweight has instead signed a UK-exclusive deal with
British promotion BAMMA.
BAMMA confirmed the signing today, but not the details of the
contract; sources say the deal is for three fights over twelve
months. Daley believes the first of those fights is likely to be at
a BAMMA arena show in December.
“Yes, I have signed to BAMMA. Exclusive to the UK, still expect to
see me fighting around the world with other organizations, such as
in November in Russia with Legend,” Daley told Sherdog.com and
“The BAMMA deal is suited to me perfectly right now. I feel their
international matchups appeal to hardcore fans and the production
and PR appeals to mainstream sporting viewers.
“Right now my focus is on my next fight in November, but expect me
to fight for BAMMA this year at a UK arena show in December ...
Daley had been linked with a possible UFC return in recent weeks
following his release from an exclusive Bellator MMA contract. But
the speculation appears to have been more hope than substance.
There has been no formal contact between the parties.
Combine Daley’s release from Bellator being (ostensibly) due to
visa issues with the circumstances that saw him leave the UFC --
swinging for Josh
Koscheck after their fight was over -- and one can see why the
world’s premier promotion might consider him a risky resigning.
“I would understand their thinking,” Daley admits. “But my life is
more settled now. I'm still very much an independent thinker but I
have a less hostile and more open outlook on life in general. I'm
more calm now, I very rarely let things anger me.
“I think being a father has gave me more direction, and can see my
future clearer and know what I must do to achieve the goals.
“I don't think there will be a return to the UFC in the next 12
months. But before I retire? That could be possible. I would fight
anyone in the UFC welterweight division bar Dan Hardy as
he's a friend, and we started this dream together.
“Over the next 4 years you are going to see an ever improving Paul
‘Semtex’ Daley with more exciting victories and an ever-growing
fanbase, making me hard for any major organization to ignore.”
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