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UFC Picks Up U.K. Welterweight Standout Paul Daley


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According to Fighters Only, the UFC has just rescued Paul "Semtex" Daley from Affliction’s wreckage, signing the British 170-pounder to a four-fight contract. Daley, who was scheduled to fight Jay Hieron on the undercard of "Trilogy" before the event was canceled, is the former Cage Rage welterweight champion, and sports a record of 21-8-2, with 17 of his wins coming via stoppage due to strikes. He holds notable wins over Duane Ludwig, Jess Liaudin, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, and John Alessio. As FO explains:

The UFC is putting together a card for Manchester, England in November and Nottingham man Daley would certainly be a local favourite. But Fighters Only has been given to understand that the UFC is also interested in using Daley on shows in the US.

Semtex’s one-sided submission loss to Jake Shields at EliteXC: Heat showed that his ground skills aren’t quite solid enough for him to compete with the best welterweights in the world. But when it comes to exciting knockout artists who always put on a good show, they don’t get much better than Daley. Plus, you can’t depend on Bisping forever

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Jay Smith- July 30, 2009 at 11:09 pm
Yes Portland mma, they were being sarcastic. It's cool, I don't think anyone heard you ask that.
ReDx- July 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm
The 'forever' link is hilarious.
caffn8d- July 30, 2009 at 10:41 am
Daley is a blast to watch. Great pick up for the UFC. And yes, while his ground game isn't one of his strengths, the last time he lost to a submission was to Shields, who is very good. Before that, he had gone 8 fights over two years without a sub loss. So... we'll see. I'm excited to see him fight regardless.
danomite- July 30, 2009 at 10:27 am
I'm supposed to believe this guy is 5'9". Is there some kind of discrepancy between european heights and american heights like there is with shoe sizes? Seriously, every single ring girl in that highlight was taller than him. In fact, every single person in that highlight was taller than him. What's the over/under on the number of fights he's in before he's dropped from the UFC?
portland mma- July 30, 2009 at 9:36 am
Also i'd have to say Hendo is the best wrestler in the UFC since wrestled in 2 olympics.
portland mma- July 30, 2009 at 9:35 am
Ur all Gsp nut your being sarcastic right (its tough to tell sometimes online). Daley's wrestling and just general ground game is fucking atrocious. The kid is one of the best WW strikers there is, (I'd love to see him and Chris Wilson) but his ground game is fucking horrible to watch.
Sheps- July 30, 2009 at 9:34 am
ABOUT FUCKING TIME!
glenwo2- July 30, 2009 at 9:29 am
Put him against Kimbo... ;p
PHELPS- July 30, 2009 at 9:03 am
Fun guy to watch, with very little ground skills. Put him against other strikers and you'll get a fun fight. Give him Thiago as a welcome to UFC fight.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- July 30, 2009 at 8:50 am
NICE!

I like Daley a lot. Dudes got dynamite...er, semtex in his fists!
PaalSunde- July 30, 2009 at 8:49 am
Well, mabye not the best of mma.. but hes really, really close!!
Endocat- July 30, 2009 at 8:47 am
Matt Hammil as the best wrestler? HA!
PaalSunde- July 30, 2009 at 8:43 am
Well, then it must be true!! sorry for ever doubting you and your twitterboy.
U R All GSP Nut-huggers- July 30, 2009 at 8:39 am
no you're wrong Paal. i read a twitter from a guy who blogs about mma and he told me so.
PaalSunde- July 30, 2009 at 8:36 am
No, thats Matt Hammil or GSP.
U R All GSP Nut-huggers- July 30, 2009 at 8:35 am
daley is one hell of a wrestler. probably the best in all of mma.
PaalSunde- July 30, 2009 at 8:28 am
Is this gonna make me feel better? DW: "Well fans, i got some bad news and i got some good news. The bad news is....... We didn't get Fedor. BUT what i did get is another "great" fighter, Paul Da.. Paul Daylie!! :D"

Eat me dickwad. -.-
AkilleeZ- July 30, 2009 at 8:25 am
There are black people in England?

/racism

Wow his striking looks fantastic. Can't wait to see what he can do in the UFC.
BuckWild- July 30, 2009 at 7:53 am
I love the red coat pic ! haa haaaa!

Good one!
C-Bus Allstar- July 30, 2009 at 7:52 am
Photoshop + The internet = Classic.
Osama- July 30, 2009 at 7:46 am
That dig on Bisping was hilarious :D
Fedor vs. Bas- July 30, 2009 at 7:39 am
Nice, he is a great guy to sign. A known name for the hardcore MMA fans who fights outside the UFC. And almsot always entertaining.

Well done Dana (God, did i just say that?) . . . now go sign T GOMI!
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