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At Least Paul Daley Is Doing His Part


(“Semtex” makes sure photographers get a shot of his good fist.)

As you may have already forgotten, Elite XC’s next show on CBS is now less than a month away. They don’t seem too concerned with stuff like advertising or hyping it in the press, and are apparently relying on the Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock buzz to carry them through without much promotion. Kind of a ‘If you build a squash match, they will come’ type of attitude.

But thank God for Paul Daley. The now-I’m-retired-now-I’m-not UK fighter seems to be the only one really putting some effort into selling this thing. When discussing his bout with Elite XC welterweight champ Jake Shields, “Semtex” was, shall we say, forthcoming with his opinions:

He won’t remember much…just waking up I guess. I’m gonna be real mean in this fight, fuck Jake Shields, you’re going to see. I am stronger, I hit harder, I take punishment and he will not take me down, or hold me there for long if I make a mistake. This is gonna be a shock to those Jake Shields nut huggers. Once I am in that top ten, I’m coming after everyone above me….

I’m so pumped for the fight that I feel something is gonna go wrong, like he is gonna pull out or something…scared…I would if I was him. He don’t know what’s coming.

Fuck Jake Shields. I’m gonna crush him, and give him such a brutal knock out, he better be fucking scared. Or even better let him not, let him laugh and think I’m talking shit. Give me even more motivation.

There’s something about saying that you plan to be “real mean” in a fight that seems both redundant and effective. For one, that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Punching someone in the face with the intent to hurt them, that’s pretty mean to begin with. But on the other hand, picture Jake Shields waking up after being knocked out and saying to himself, ‘Man, that guy is just mean! What the hell’s his problem?’

Or picture Shields taking him down and submitting him. Whichever you prefer. At least Daley is getting people talking about the fight. That’s a step in the right direction.

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SPITFIRE- September 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm
PAUL DALEY IS A GOBBY PUNK AND NOT THE BEST WELTERWEIGHT IN BRITAIN. THATS WHY HE LEFT CAGE RAGE CAUSE HE KNEW HE WOULD GET HIS ASS KICKED BY CHE MILLS……..
spitfire- September 13, 2008 at 4:16 pm
PAUL DALEY IS A GOBBY PUNK AND NOT THE BEST WELTERWEIGHT IN BRITAIN. THATS WHY HE LEFT CAGE RAGE CAUSE HE KNEW HE WOULD GET HIS ASS KICKED BY CHE MILLS........
darren- September 10, 2008 at 5:48 am
Well everyone was saying rashad couldnt match liddel in the stand up and look what happend there! People might get the feeling daley is a bit of a prick for saying what he did but it takes alot of guts to put yourself on the line like that. if it doesnt go daleys way then he'll be eating alot of humble pie afterwards. Daley wins by K.O second round.... i hope
Dakyn- September 9, 2008 at 8:55 pm
A single promotion would be bad for many reasons... 1 single MMA event a month? 2 at most, thats 12-14 fight cards a year!

Competition is what drives companies to be better than they are.

More promotions also means that fighters can choose who they fight for (ok not entirely true but the point is still valid) which means they have more ground to haggle with promotions. A union wouldn't solve this problem efficiently I don't think.

Plus I'm always against any single company running a monopoly. The UFC as the only major player in MMA promotions would only benefit American's (for the most part as the majority of UFC events are hosted in the US). The only time UK fighters get on the cards is on the UK shows (we've had 4 this year including the upcoming show in Birmingham). Where would this leave other european fighters? Admittedly this has branched out past just discussing EliteXC and the UFC but you've gotta remember that PRO ELITE also own Cage Rage (British MMA promotion) and another which i can't remember at present.
ClownBaby- September 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm
Even better question whats Paul doin wit that right hand?
Derly- September 9, 2008 at 7:07 pm
@Kevin
Better question is she wearing underwear?
Juicehead- September 9, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Dakyn- why do you think a single promotion is bad for the sport? when the AfL merged with the NFL, people thought it was bad, but that turned out well.

I think if the fighters form a union, that it can work with just the UFC as the big boy and all the others as feeder system. Just my two cents, not trying to argue with anyone.
juicehead- September 9, 2008 at 6:50 pm
Easy fight to break down. Shields is awesome on the ground, Daley is awesome on the feet. Sheilds has mediocre take downs, Daley has 0% takedown defense. If Shields doesn't come out and walk into a fist or kick ala Heath Herring, this fight is over in about 2 or 3 minutes with Shields getting the submission win.

For the record, I would like to see Daley pull it off.
Kevin S.- September 9, 2008 at 6:35 pm
I did not even read the article I could not get past the girl almost showing "The Land of the Lovely"
Big D- September 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm
Wait...why would Shields pull out if he doesn't know what's coming? I'm confused.
Aaron from alaska- September 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm
good eye Kevin S. I almost see a camel toe
Kevin S.- September 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm
Is the girl in the back pulling up her pants?
Dakyn- September 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm
Shawn - do you really believe a single conglomerate promotion is the best thing for the sport of MMA?

I'd love to see EXC get their acts together - they could start by promoting their events a little and focusing on building up some legitimately talented fighters instead of relying on a hack (Kimbo) and an over-rated "looker" (G.Carano).

The Daley/Shields fight is probably the most interesting on the card and you shouldn't underestimate Semtex's striking - even if the guy is a complete cock.
Shawn- September 9, 2008 at 3:57 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing Daley score an upset KO. Shields is obviously the more well rounded fighter and the favorite to win, but at least a KO victory by Daley would cause something interesting and unexpected to happen over at EliteXC. The best thing they have had going for them in the past few shows was the excitement of Lawler-Smith 1 and that ended on a bullshit stoppage.

I can't believe people actually used to talk about EliteXC as a potential competitor to the UFC. It's literally like the NFL to the Arena Football League. At least the AFL is self aware and knows they're not on the same level. I just can't wait for the company to go under so we can see Shields, Diaz, Lawler, Antonio Silva, and everybody's boy Kimbo mixing it up with the best fighters the UFC has to offer.
justin- September 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm
Shields by 1st round RNC. Yawn.
craig- September 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm
"Semtex" - WHAT A DICK!!!
meh- September 9, 2008 at 3:38 pm
All this guy does is talk, he has no game on the ground.
scary talk- September 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm
scary name, scary words. would one of you tough guys care to hold me until the shivering subsides?
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