(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.