It didn't take Paul “Semtex” Daley long to find a new home following his release from Strikeforce just a few days ago.
The British heavy hitter has signed on with Bellator Fighting Championships and will debut for the promotion on July 20 at Bellator 72.
“I’ve been a Semtex fan for years,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “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.”
Daley closed out his Strikeforce career by going 2-3 overall, but faced some of the stiffest competition the promotion could present to him while fighting there.
In 2011, Daley lost to current UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, but the pair put on one of the most exciting fights of the year despite it lasting less than a single round.
Now Daley brings his power and brash attitude to the Bellator cage where he will begin fighting in just over a month.
“I’ve been a fan of Bellator for a long while,” Daley said. “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 opponent at Bellator 72 should be announced in the coming days.