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Paul Daley Signs Deal With Bellator

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Even in defeat, Paul Daley can do this to your face. Photo: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
Even in defeat, Paul Daley can do this to your face. Photo: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Bellator has been signing some "name" fighters lately, but some of those signings (like Brett Rogers) come with character concerns. Now, Bellator has doubled down on the character issue signings by adding Paul Daley.

Via MMA Fighting:

"I've been a 'Semtex' fan for years," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. "He's an incredibly explosive fighter who is magic to watch inside the cage. So, when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with Paul, it was a simple decision to make. Paul's one of those fighters I've always intentionally stayed home to watch and now I can watch him cageside at Bellator."

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"I've been a fan of Bellator for a long while," Daley said in a statement. "When this chance came up, I was absolutely ready to make a long-term commitment to Bellator. I have my sights set on winning the tournament and winning that Bellator title."

Daley's concerns aren't nearly as bad as Rogers though, don't get that confused. He has a big mouth and the incident where he threw a punch at Josh Koscheck after their UFC bout is a black mark on his career. But his real problem has been making weight.

Daley has a history of missing weight and having to repeatedly make the weight for the tournament fights will either be good (less time to get too far off weight) or bad (more chances to screw up).

But when Paul is on, he is one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the sport and his talents make him a much better signing than someone like Rogers as Daley can be a legitimate top 20 talent.