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Paul Daley asks to be released from Bellator MMA

Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley reveals that he wants to be a free agent after ‘politely’ asking Bellator to release him from his contract.

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Veteran British knockout artist Paul Daley (40-15-2) has been plying his trade at Bellator MMA since 2015. Prior to that he took fights in BAMMA, Cage Warriors, and the now defunct Strikeforce. All those appearances came after ‘Semtex’ received a de facto ban from the UFC for his conduct at 2010’s UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2.

In his last UFC fight, Daley was controlled on the ground by Josh Koscheck leading to a unanimous decision defeat. But before the judges’ scorecards were read, and right after the final bell had sounded, Daley landed a punch on his opponent; prompting UFC president Dana White to announce his permanent ouster from the promotion.

Since he left the UFC, Daley has gone 20-6 in pro competition — picking up wins over Jorge Masvidal (in 2010), Luigi Fioravanti (2011), and Rudy Bears (2012).

In his most recent fight — at Bellator 183 in 2017 — Daley bested UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin via second round TKO. Now it seems that this may have been the last time the 34-year-old Londoner enters a Viacom owned cage.

Yesterday Daley took to Facebook to reveal his dissatisfaction with Bellator, informing fans that he has ‘politely asked’ to be released from his contract. His entire statement is as follows:

“They’re only your friend, until they’re not your friend”

I have politely asked for my RELEASE from BELLATOR MMA, which they have agreed to.

Once I have the paperwork through, stating that I am free to fight elsewhere, I will be looking to fight out my last 18months in this sport with the organisation that can put together the most exciting fights for my loyal fans.


“They’re only your friend, until they’re not your friend” I have politely asked for my RELEASE from BELLATOR MMA, which...

Posted by Paul Semtex Daley on Thursday, January 25, 2018

It is unclear, at this time, whether Bellator’s president Scott Coker has granted Daley’s request. It’s also unknown whether Daley’s ‘ban’ from the UFC still stands.