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Strikeforce Signs Paul Daley

(Regrets? Does it look like I have any regrets??)

After announcing they had taken a gamble in signing perennial positive drug test denier, Josh Barnett Monday, Strikeforce is letting the questionable bet ride as the promotion revealed today that it has also inked post-bell puncher, Paul Daley to its roster for six fights.

Daley, whose story of why he was dropped by the UFC has been re-told ad nauseam, fought twice since receiving his Zuffa walking papers, finishing Daniel Acacio with elbows in the third round of a July Impact Fighting Championship clash and winning by razor-thin decision to Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13 last weekend.

It was announced earlier this week that Masvidal also signed a six-fight deal with Strikeforce.

Considering the fact that Strikeforce’s welterweight division is in disarray, the signing makes sense, even if ‘Semtex" hasn’t looked lately like the explosive fighter who has knocked out Duane Ludwig, Mark Weir and Martin Kampmann.

With Jay Hieron with a foot out the door and no real contenders under contract, an eventual fight with Nick Diaz likely won’t be long off, should the Stockton-based champ decide to stay at welterweight for a while.

One possible adversary that has been mentioned for Daley’s Strikeforce debut, which will likely happen before the end of 2010, is Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, but nothing has been set in stone regarding the match-up.

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WalksInTheDarkness- September 17, 2010 at 3:47 am
@sevvi, I really am confused as to how Daley could be confused as being a blatant cheat. He punched Koscheck after the bell. That's not cheating. That's just stupid. You can't win a fight by knocking someone out after the fight.

As for him being a loathsome guy he does an awful lot to promote fights. Having randomly bumped into him at my local gym and talked with the guy he's perfectly pleasant. As Cage Potato noted when he fought Shields at EliteXC he was doing his best to help promote the fight. Nobody cared up until Paul started running his mouth as Shields already had the reputation for taking naps on fighters.

And as I've said once before, Koscheck is the blatant cheat. He's claimed all sorts of different crap during fights (supposedly getting eye poked by Anthony Johnson and supposedly being knee'd by Daley). Also, he broke the rules by disrespecting Daley when he was wrestling him to a decision in the third round, constantly talking smack to him as he held him to the mat as using abusive language in the ring or fenced area is one of the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Oh, and for the record, I proudly swing off of Daley's nuts (because anybody who takes a swing at Koscheck is clearly thinking straight).
WalksInTheDarkness- September 17, 2010 at 3:45 am
@ RWilsonR

The guy doesn't have a cockney accent, and this is coming from a guy that lives in London.
ThrashingMad- September 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm
@topdog, regardless of whether his cardio was trash or not, he controlled the entire fight and finished it with ease.
fatbellyfrank- September 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm
@ Ballkick, you know theres a third sister doncha, she's called Cinderella, and I'll let you all work out why
EDoggFunkMonk- September 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Chick's doing the adam's apple hide.
sevvi- September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Daley just lay flat when Shields had him in the mount in the second round. And before that although he sprawled decent he didnt land anything significant. And like i said. When Shields got the mount he just lay there flat and let Shields armbar him although you could see it from a mile away. Daley is just a onetrick pony and a cheater at that.
Ballkick- September 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm
I swear to god that chick is the sister of the bimbo-tranny that Hatton was snorttin coke with........LOOK OUT PAUL! don't let her video tape anything!
topdog- September 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm
@ thrashingmad pay attention to the fight and you will see Shields huffin and puffin like Nick Diaz on his vacation. His cardio was trash and it was his wrestling and BJJ that saved him because we all know that Daley has none of that with his one dimensional ass. Besides Shields will lose his Octagon debut. Hell he barely won against Mayhem....
ThrashingMad- September 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm
"if Shields barely got past Daley what makes anyone (and DW) think that he would have any chance in hell against a GSP"

Shields had him in mount the majority of the fight and then armbarred him in the second round, how is that "barely getting past'?
Turd Furgeson- September 16, 2010 at 11:33 am
Daley could barely handle a smaller fighter in Masvidal. He'll get worked by Diaz.
RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 11:21 am
@ Viva - I'm picturing Paul Daley in Cleavon Little's role in Blazing Saddles, saying that with his cockney accent.
Fried Taco- September 16, 2010 at 11:16 am
@Almost North Did you ever wonder exactly what is inside the Fried Taco? Dana's rich enough he doesn't have to flush his own shit or wipe his own ass...
ArmFarmer- September 16, 2010 at 11:04 am
Jake Shields is one of the sports most boring participants both in and out of the cage.. yet I think he's mentioned in almost every comments section on this site. Interesting.. more interesting than his fights anyway! ZING
Viva Hate- September 16, 2010 at 10:59 am
Caption "Where all the white woman at?"
cecils_pupils- September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am
With all the drug-related fighter signings in Strikeforce lately; it makes me wonder why they didn't sign Karo Parisian when they had the chance.

Nick Diaz - got the herb covered
Josh Barnett - got the roids covered
Karo Parisian - hydrocodone anyone?
Seoul Brother- September 16, 2010 at 10:25 am
@agentsmith: Very funny, my good man.
+1 to the agent!

And is it just me, or with the recent signings of Barnett and Daley, Strikeforce is turning out to be the dumping ground of fighters who can't hack it in the UFC?
agentsmith- September 16, 2010 at 10:17 am
@ El Guapo:

I can't tell if she's British until she smiles.
EDoggFunkMonk- September 16, 2010 at 10:16 am
Daley signals that his chick has the breast of a three hundred pound woman or the forehead of three women combined... a twelvehead.
Ryan Meleedy- September 16, 2010 at 9:55 am
idk anyone who can beat nick diaz. i bet against him everytime, because i hate his illiteracy, and everytime i regret it. The obvious choices are out of grasp... KOS, GSP, or fitch. but that wont happen for a while. with herion moving on, they had to sign some exciting welterweight. they got it in daley, even if he has that miserable, HORRIBLE accent. seriously, wtf. british accent is the worst eva ked. everytime i hear it, i think of yellow-ish, bunked up teeth.
El Guapo- September 16, 2010 at 9:51 am
Would ya look at the funba.. You think she's a British hosehound??

Mr.Cyborg vs Semtex should be fun while it lasts, which I'm thinking will be in the minute and a half range and will definitely end with somebody getting KTFO.
Bones210- September 16, 2010 at 9:47 am
@Fried Taco

I dont think they got much of an option bro. If your a up and coming fighter,and wana make a name for yourself, who would u wana sign with. SF or UFC?
2gq4u- September 16, 2010 at 9:29 am
I'm with MRuss on Daley/Diaz and not just because he's a fellow hoser.

On the feet Daley has power over Diaz, but nowhere near the speed or technique.
On the ground with Diaz, Daley will make Kimbo look like a Gracie.

This is a typical "punchers chance" fight, and we know how those usually go.

What sucks is we won't see Diaz in the UFC until he loses.
sevvi- September 16, 2010 at 9:17 am
I actually thought Daley lost the fight to Masvidal 29-28. But i might be a bit biased since i hate daley with a passion. Such a loathsome guy. I hope Cyborg/Diaz or whoever gets to fight this posnot evenmakingweightfucktard just knocks him the fuck out! But like i said. I might be a bit biased since i think he is just a blatant cheater and just bad for the reputation of MMA.
ArmFarmer- September 16, 2010 at 9:06 am
If I fought a guy and got punched in the face a few times and someone stepped in and stopped it.. and I was on my feet the entire fight as well as afterward.. I'd get pretty irritated by people saying he knocked me out.
RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 9:02 am
I don't know, MRuss. The thing about a guy like Daley is that even though Diaz certainly has way more tools, Daley really is a guy (unlike Hardy, who was more hype) who can change a fight with one punch. And Diaz doesn't always fight the smartest fight. Not saying I don't see Diaz winning a majority of the time, and he might even beat Daley on the feet, but he could also lose on the feet. And I'm not confident that Diaz won't try to stand the whole time.

And why the hell is there a picture of Usher at the top of this article?!