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Paul "Semtex" Daley

The Daily Recap: Semtex-Misaki Meet at March Strikeforce, Ueda Narrowly Wins Shooto Farewell & More

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Well-traveled veterans Paul "Semtex" Daley and Kazuo Misaski have signed on to face each other on the main card of Strikeforce's scheduled March 3 event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Daley returns to Strikeforce after winning  two straight fights outside of the organization. His opponent, Misaki last defeated Akira Shoji via second-round TKO at DEEP's 53rd Impact event last April. [Strikeforce.com]

— In his last bout before taking a spot in Bellator's upcoming eight-man bantamweight tourney this spring, former Shooto 132 lb. champion Masakatsu Ueda edged out heralded prospect Kyoji Horiguchi and took home a majority decision at Shooto's "Survivor Tournament Final" event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. [Sherdog]

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Strikeforce Notebook: Diaz Unimpressed With Daley, Jacare Disinterested in Mayhem


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

With only a few options left concerning Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz's future opponents, the Stockton, California native will now likely face Paul Daley later this year, provided Daley gets past Yuya Shirai at a BAMMA show on February 26.

Despite Daley's success around the world, including an impressive 2-1 stint in the UFC, Diaz wasn't "impressed" with his potential foe's skills.

"I'm not really impressed with Paul Daley as a mixed martial artist," Diaz said during last night's post-fight press conference for "Diaz vs. Cyborg". "He's got great stand-up, but I wouldn't judge him from the Scott Smith fight.

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Lands Japanese PPV Deal, Daley Targeted for Title Shot & More


A Strikeforce Championship Belt. Photo by Jon Swenson.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Strikeforce has reportedly struck a deal with Japanese cable station SkyPerfect to broadcast pay-per-view events featuring the organization's upcoming heavyweight grand prix tournament, of which the first part kicks off on February 12. Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov have competed under the PRIDE, Sengoku and DREAM banners in Japan for a number of years and have shown to be proven draws. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— Hard-hitting welterweight contender Paul Daley is expected to meet the winner of this Saturday's Strikeforce welterweight title fight between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today. Daley has also been granted permission to headline a BAMMA show next month in his native country of England, pending on his opponent. [MMA Weekly]

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UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva Weigh-In Results


Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva stand face-to-face at the UFC 108 weigh-ins. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The weigh-ins for UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva took place Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from Paul Daley, all the participants for Saturday’s card successfully made weight.

Daley tipped the scales at 172 pounds and the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed it unsafe for Daley to continue his attempt to reach the 170 pound limit. Hazelett has agreed to a catchweight bout of 172 pounds and Daley will forfeit 10% of his purse.

UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 10 coach “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva. The card will also feature a welterweight bout between contenders Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett.

Pay Per View Bouts:
Thiago Silva (205 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Paul Daley (172 lbs lbs*) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168 lbs)
Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (155 lbs)
Jim Miller (155 lbs) vs. Duane Ludwig (156 lbs)
Gilbert Yvel (239 lbs) vs. Junior Dos Santos (237 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts on Spike:
Jacob Volkmann (171 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (171 lbs)
Dan Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (155 lbs)

Undercard:
Ryan Jensen (186 lbs) vs. Mark Munoz (185 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Rafaello Oliveira (156 lbs) vs. John Gunderson (155 lbs)

UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture


Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.

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Swick Suffers Concussion; Daley to Fight Kampmann at UFC 103


Mike Swick. Photo by Justin Grant. Courtesy of MikeSwick.com.

Mike Swick’s title aspirations have apparently been put on hold as the “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 103 bout against Martin Kampmann due to a concussion suffered during training.

British tabloid magazine “The Sun” is reporting that EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Paul “Semtex” Daley has been tapped to replace Swick at the event. Swick confirmed his injury in a recent post on his official Twitter account.

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Report: UFC Inks Paul “Semtex” Daley


Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

British welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley has reportedly become the latest former Affliction fighters to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, Daley has inked a four-fight deal with the promotion and will make his UFC debut later this year. Daley has previously been scheduled to face former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron at Affliction’s “Trilogy” show this weekend.

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Daley vs. Thompson Added to MFC 20


Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

A welterweight bout between British sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley and former BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson has been added to the Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest offering on February 20 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

MMA on Tap has been able to confirm the bout with MFC President Mark Pavelich. A formal announcement of the fight is expected in the coming days.

Daley had a six-fight winning streak snapped at EliteXC’s “Heat” event in October, where he fell to former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields via armbar in the second round. “Semtex” bounced back recently to record a second-round TKO of John Alessio at MFC 19 on December 5.

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Daley Hoping to Sign With UFC Next Year


Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

In a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine, British welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley revealed that he hopes to be able to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship at some point next year after his contractual issues with ProElite are resolved:

“So I think 2009 is the year for Semtex to arrive in the UFC,” Daley said in the article. “Right now I’m waiting for the whole legal contract thing with ProElite to be dealt with. It all depends on the situation with ProElite, as I was happy there. I’d love to fight at Affliction, they have shown some interest, but we have to wait on ProElite. Whether they keep my contract or they let me go… who knows if they’re even gonna still put on shows? It’s all unclear right now. But if they release me, I’ll fight for Affliction and win… and then hopefully the UFC will come calling.”

Daley would obviously be a great addition to an already stacked UFC welterweight division and I hope that both sides will be able to make it happen. Despite still being very young (25-years-old), Daley has a tremendous amount of experience already and further cemented the idea that he would be able to hold his own while working his way up the 170 lb. ladder with his win over John Alessio this past weekend.

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