Paul Daley will have a busy next two months with back to back fights under two different banners in two different continents.
The 27-11-2 British knockout artist who is 0-2 in his last two fights against Tyron Woodley and Nick Diaz is slated to take on Bulgarian welterweight and fellow UFC vet Jordan Radev (23-4) at BAMMA 7 September 10 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
If all goes well and he walks away from the bout unscathed, six weeks later “Semtex” will hop a plane to Quebec, Canada where he will square off with another fellow UFC vet, Luigi Fioravanti (22-10) at Ringside 12 on October 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Daley is likely hoping to get his sagging career back on track with two quick wins, but overtraining, fatigue and jet-lag are a few factors that may prove more difficult than anticipated. Prior to his loss to Diaz in April, Daley was undefeated in his previous four outings includiong wins over Jorge Masvidal and Scott Smith. His last win came via first-round knockout in his BAMMA debut against Yuya Shirai in February. His bout with Fioravanti will be Daley’s first in Montreal since losing to Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 last May. He was fired by Zuffa immediately following the event after lobbing a suckerpunch at Koscheck out of frustration at his unwillingness to engage during the fight and comments the cocky AKA fighter made to him during the bout.