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.
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.
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?