Paul Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year at the age of 24, it seems that Paul Daley has pulled a Michael Jordan and wants to come back and fight after all.
According to MMA Mania, Daley, who served as a color commentator during the U.K. television broadcast of Cage Rage’s “Extreme” event over the weekend, revealed his desire to return to active competition to those in attendance.
Daley specifically called out newly crowned Cage Rage British welterweight champion Che Mills, who defeated Marius Zaromskis due to a nasty first-round cut to claim the belt that Daley had vacated last month. The two reportedly had a brief staredown and exchanged some words inside the cage.
Daley last stopped Sam Morgan, a former cast member on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, with strikes at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in January. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.
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English mixed martial arts legend Ian Freeman was victorious in his return from a brief retirement Saturday afternoon, earning an unanimous decision over Paul Cahoon and taking the former champion’s Cage Rage British light heavyweight title in Birmingham.
Freeman saw very little trouble during the course of the bout with Cahoon, save Cahoon taking the veteran’s back on a pair of separate occasions, while using an effective ground-and-pound assault to keep Cahoon at bay and leaving him unable to mount a suitable amount of offense.
After the fight, Freeman assured fans that a return fight against Cahoon was not a one-time thing and that he would be back to defend his title.
“I’m 41 years old now and I have to say that I’m in the best shape of my life,” Freeman said during a post-fight interview. “The training leading up to this fight was very difficult but the end result was worth it. I feel younger than I did years ago. Going back into retirement isn’t an option at this point. I’m not going anywhere.”
Marius Zaromskis was unsuccessful in his bid to win the vacant Cage Rage British welterweight belt, suffering a nasty cut in the beginning of the first round of his bout against Che Mills that forced the ringside doctor to stop the action after the first five minutes, ultimately awarding Mills the championship.
Matt Ewin controlled Mark Epstein over three rounds to win an unanimous decision and successfully defend his Cage Rage British middleweight title. UFC veteran Ross Pointon submitted Ross Mason with a heel hook and James Zikic submitted Rodney Faverus, handing the former kickboxer his fifth straight defeat.
Complete results from the event:
Harvey Harra def. Gary Kelly - Submission (Triangle)
Chris Rice def. Edgeleson Lue - TKO (Strikes)
Popek Rak def. Kevin Simms - TKO (Strikes)
Brad Pickett def. Paul Reed - Majority Decision
Henrique Nogueira vs. Marc Goddard - Draw
Matt Ewin def. Mark Epstein - Unanimous Decision
Ross Pointon def. Ross Mason - Submission (Heel Hook)
James Zikic def. Rodney Faverus - Submission (Armbar)
Che Mills def. Marius Zaromskis - TKO (Cut)
Ian Freeman def. Paul Cahoon - Unanimous Decision
Danny Batten celebrates after his win over Kyotaro Nakao in March 2007. Photo courtesy of Angrrr Management.
A much-anticipated showdown between longtime English mixed martial arts veterans Danny Batten and Leigh Remedios has been scrapped after Batten suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, who although were unable to grab any specifics in terms of Batten’s injury, were able to confirm with the lightweight that the injury was bad enough that he would be unable to fight without suffering serious consequences health-wise.
“It’s really frustrating to be out of the fight and there is nothing I can do about it medically,” Batten said in the report. “The thing is everything was going so well and for the first time in my career, I managed to train solidly for two months without the distractions of holding down my day job as a postman…to cancel now has been really hard for me.”
This is now the second instance in the past week in which Cage Rage officials have been forced to quickly find a replacement opponent for one of their fighters only a week away from Cage Rage 25, which will take place this Saturday, March 8th. Henrique Santana was tapped to replace Che’ Mills against Michael Johnson.
A replacement opponent for Remedios has not yet been found.