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Paul Daley Open to Crossover Competition with Al Haymon’s Promotion

(Paul Daley celebrates his victory over Dustin Hazelett during UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker)

In an interview with Bloodyelbow.com, Bellator welterweight Paul “Semtex” Daley expressed interest in furthering a multiple-discipline combat sports career. Paul Daley has competed in kickboxing on-and-off in his very busied MMA career and expressed a particular interest in taking a bout with Al Haymon’s Boxing Series backed by Spike’s parent company Viacom.

(Photo Courtesy of Paul Daley’s Facebook Page)

I would love to do all of the main combat sports; MMA, boxing and kickboxing. I’ve already done some high profile matches in kickboxing and have been very successful with that, knocking out everyone from your Number 3 ranked GLORY fighters to your Latvian champions. I did 6 fights, and knocked 5 of them out. I won the last by decision.

Now that Al Haymon is doing something with Spike, I would really love the opportunity to box under his banner. I’m humble. I realize I can’t go in there fighting a high level name, but maybe I could get on an undercard or something. I would really love to be a crossover superstar for all the major combat sports. Nobody has really done that with any regularity. Nobody has done it properly and become a bona fide star in all three.

(Paul Daley (L) and and Andre Santos (R) staredown at the Bellator 134 weigh-ins)

In the height of the K-1 days, it was standard practice to see guys like Mark Hunt and Mirko Cro Cop bounce back and forth between MMA and kickboxing. Now with the rise of Glory Kickboxing’s promotion, a guy like Joe Schilling has made a run at the modern day crossover between the two arenas.

With Premiere Boxing Champions backed by Spike, dropping in an established name like Paul Daley or other big Bellator/Glory fighters could really draw eyes to the new promotion. On the part of the fighters, it may also serve to tremendously benefit them in that they may have a continuous outlet to stay busy. There are only so many Bellator, Glory, and Premier Boxing Champions cards a year and if all of your prime opponents are booked/injured in one discipline, why not take a fight in the other arena?

Which Glory/Bellator fighter would you like to see try their hand in Al Haymon’s promotion? Who do you think has the best shot at being a successful crossover in the sweet science?