Three years after he sucker punched his way out of the UFC, Paul Daley has latched on to a promotion that will have him competing close to home. Daley and European-based BAMMA have agreed to a three-fight deal that is valid for the next 12 months.
In a statement given to MMAFighting.com, Daley hints at his reason for joining one of the United Kingdom’s biggest promotions. “BAMMA provides exciting match-ups for hardcore fans, with a TV production that appeals to mainstream viewers. I’m aiming to bring my own brand of fight entertainment into households around the world the only way I, Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley, know how … knockout victories.”
Coming off four straight knockout victories, ‘Semtex’ has begun to re-establish the traits that made him an up and comer in the UFC. His last bout, a TKO of Lukasz Chlewicki at CWFC 57, was called in the first round when an elbow to the head caused too much bleeding. Daley’s natural abilities have never been questioned, as he has the potential to be one of the top welterweights in the world. His work ethic and professionalism, however, are causes for concern.
At UFC 113, Daley fought Josh Koscheck with a title shot on the line. With a post-fight left hook to Koscheck’s head (seen in the video clip below), Daley’s time in Dana White’s octagon abruptly came to an end. White is on the record as saying that Daley will never set foot in the organization again. Other promotions may wish to take notice.
Once considered a top contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship, Daley has been a problem for every promotion he has joined. From weight issues to contract problems to bar-room brawls, he has become more of a liability than an asset. Ironically, BAMMA is welcoming Daley back despite seeing him miss weight on two separate occasions.
Although he remains a fan favorite, some may believe Daley does not show enough consistency to warrant a 12-month contract. He is a thrilling fighter who lets personal issues affect his respectability. If Daley manages to live up to his three-match agreement it will be because his maturity level has finally matched his skill set.
While it is unknown when he will make his BAMMA debut, Daley states that he will travel to Russia for the Legends 2 show in November.