Daley and Strikeforce
have parted ways, according to a release from the British fighter’s
representatives at Fight Management Limited.
According to the heavy-handed welterweight, Daley’s release was due
in part to his desire to fight more frequently.
“I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released
from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so
infrequently,” Daley stated in a release. “My whole career, I’ve
wanted to fight as often as possible, as it keeps me in the best
form and condition.”
The news comes on the heels of Daley’s split-decision defeat to
former Pride Fighting Championships talent Kazuo
Misaki, who edged “Semtex” in a March 3 unanimous decision at
Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey.”
Daley exits the organization following three consecutive losses for
the Zuffa-owned promotion. The Team Rough House fighter earned his
last Strikeforce victory in December 2010, when he demolished
Smith with a vicious left hook. Defeats to Nick Diaz,
Woodley and Misaki would follow, though Daley did post a pair
of victories over Jordan Radev
Fioravanti last year outside the six-sided Strikeforce cage.
Known for his punching power, Daley has earned 20 of his 29 career
wins by knockout.
“I felt that I put on nothing but entertaining fights while at the
organization. The knockouts of [Duane] Ludwig and Scott Smith were
some great memories for me, as well as the back-and-forth fight of
the year I had with Nick Diaz,” said Daley. “My manager has already
started speaking to some promotions about my future today following
the official release papers from Strikeforce, and I’m looking
forward to the next part in my journey.”