Paul Daley

Paul "Semtex" Daley

Daley Victorious in Cage Warriors Comeback


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

Popular British welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley marked his return to active competition with an impressive knockout of previously undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar at Cage Warriors’ latest edition of “Enter the Rough House” on Saturday.

Daley announced his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year, citing a lack of interest in fighting anymore as one of the main reasons for walking away at such a young age. However Daley’s break only lasted six months and based on his performance against Kosednar, he hasn’t skipped a beat.

Kosednar simply had no answer for Daley’s superior striking. “Semtex” broke things wide open after landing a hard knee to Kosednar’s ribs, momentarily stunning him and allowing Daley to connect with a straight right that sent his opponent crumbling to the canvas for the first of four separate occasions in the first round. The final blow saw Daley put Kosednar to sleep with a left hook just seconds before the end of the round.

Norwegian prospect Simeon Thoresen remained perfect in professional action, submitting Matt Thorpe in the first round with a kimura. In other notable bouts, Jim Wallhead won an exciting unanimous decision over skilled grappler Fabricio Nascimento while Andre Winner and Abdul Mohamed fought to an unfortunate draw.

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Daley Accuses ProElite of Shady Business


Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts earlier this year, welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley will return from a brief hiatus from the sport to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar at Cage Warriors’ latest “Enter the Rough House” this afternoon.

However shaking off a little ring rust isn’t Daley’s biggest problem these days. His latest woes involve his current relationship with EliteXC parent company ProElite, with whom he has one-fight left on his deal with the organization.

“I’ve got a few things I want to get out in the air with regards to Pro Elite, Cage Rage and the future,” Daley said in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “I’ve got no contract with Cage Rage, my contract stands with Pro Elite. My fight with Cage Warriors seems to be a problem with the guys at Pro Elite.

“They tried to get me to fight for Cage Rage, which I wasn’t going to do on the principle that I’ve agreed to fight in my hometown,” Daley continued. “They’ve gone about it in a not so pleasant way, I think they could have gone about it a lot better. I can’t say much more for legal reasons but I think Cage Rage have had a lot to do with it.”

While it’s pretty easy to see why ProElite would want to use Daley in a Cage Rage show being that they are in a working partnership with the promotion, Daley claims that the company originally had no problem with him fighting for Cage Warriors this weekend but has since changed their stance on the situation.

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Weekend Focus Falls on British MMA


Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The mixed martial arts world will be setting their sights on the United Kingdom this weekend as the sport’s two most high-profile events take place overseas.

Cage Rage will put on their latest effort, entitled “Step Up”, Saturday afternoon inside the Wembley Arena in London, where the promotion has hosted the majority of it’s events. Controversial veteran Phil Baroni will attempt to snap a three-fight losing streak by moving down to welterweight for the first time in his career in the show’s main event, where he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Scott Jansen.

Robert Berry will fight for the first since knocking off the legendary Ken Shamrock at a Cage Rage event in March. He will take on Neil Grove in a rematch of their heavyweight battle last December, in which Grove picked up a first-round win after Berry’s corner stopped the fight. Other notable fights on the card include Mustapha al Turk battling James McSweeney for the vacant Cage Rage British heavyweight title and a clash between featherweights Brad Pickett and Cristian Binda.

Meanwhile over in Nottingham, Cage Warriors will host their seventh “Enter the Rough House” show, which will see welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley return from a brief retirement to go up against undefeated Slovenian Bojan Kosednar.

Daley has not fought since stopping former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan with strikes at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show in January. It was Daley’s fifth consecutive victory. His counterpart, Kosednar, has won his first six professional bouts to start his career. Paul McVeigh and Steve McCombe will clash for the vacant Cage Warriors bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event. Other notable veterans competing on the card include Fabricio Nascimento and Andre Winner.

Paul Daley Changes Mind Again


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.

Daley Vacates Cage Rage Title


Paul Daley (right) knocks out Sam Morgan. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The Paul Daley saga continues…

Just a few weeks after it was reported that Paul “Semtex” Daley would not be competing at last month’s EliteXC and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Le” event in order to instead go on to defend his Cage Rage welterweight title at the promotion’s next event on May 10th, Daley has vacated his Cage Rage British welterweight belt.

Cage Rage officials reported the news on their official website this afternoon, where it was also mentioned that Daley may not be returning to defend his Cage Rage World title until early next year. The Nottingham, England native revealed his intention to temporarily retire from active competiton back in February.

Daley is coming off of an impressive knockout of former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Sam Morgan. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.

Marius Zaromskis and Che Mills will now battle it out for the vacant title at a Cage Rage event in the near future.

Report: Daley to Defend Cage Rage Belt in May


Paul Daley (right) knocks out Sam Morgan. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Despite announcing his intention to retire from mixed martial arts following a bout at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le event, it seems that Paul “Semtex” Daley won’t hang up his gloves until at least the spring.

The news comes from Stash Capar of The Fight Network, who has learned that Daley will not be competing at next weekend’s event and instead will go on to defend his Cage Rage welterweight title at the promotion’s next event on May 10th.

“I’ll be defending my world title belt on May 10th in Cage Rage,” Daley said in the report. “No opponent has been confirmed yet.”

Daley’s comments come less than a month after the the Nottingham, England native revealed his intention to retire via an online message board account on Cage Warriors official website. Daley has also since vacated his FX-3 welterweight belt.

“As of now I will be stepping down as Cage Rage, FX-3, and KOTR champion,” Daley said back in February. “I’ve vacated all of these titles. Futher more, I will consider my self retired from mixed martial arts as of March 29th. On that date, I will fulfill my commitment with EliteXC.”

“Once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in MMA, I may return to this sport,” Daley added. “It may be six months, it may be six years, who knows.”

Daley is coming off of an impressive knockout of former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Sam Morgan. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.

No word on any potential candidates in terms of an opponent for the international star as of yet.

Daley Retirement Rumors Confirmed


Paul Daley (right) knocked out Sam Morgan in the first. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Rumors started running rampant earlier this week when an online message board account connected to welterweight sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley left a surprising post on Cage Warriors official website. It seems that Daley is set to end his career early by way of retirement.

“As of now I will be stepping down as Cage Rage, FX-3, and KOTR champion,” Daley said in Cage Warriors’ message boards. “I’ve vacated all of these titles. Futher more, I will consider my self retired from mixed martial arts as of March 29th. On that date, I will fulfill my commitment with EliteXC.”

However Daley also went on to add that he wasn’t ruling out a potential return to the sport.

“Once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in MMA, I may return to this sport,” Daley added. “It may be six months, it may be six years, who knows.”

While MMA on Tap was unable to get in contact with Daley, Sherdog was and have confirmed with the Nottingham, England native that the post was indeed made by him. FX-3 head Paul James also confirmed to Jim Page that Daley had relinquished his title inside of the organization.

Daley is coming off of an impressive knockout of former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Sam Morgan. Daley shook off a fast start by Morgan to land a devastating first-round elbow that put Morgan down for the count.

Alvarez Knocks Out Ebanez


Paul Daley (right) knocked out Sam Morgan in the first. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

ATLANTIC CITY - On an exciting night that featured solid, non-stop action and entertaining fights, crowd favorite Eddie Alvarez (12-1) of Kensington, Pa., sent the hometown fans home deliriously happy by knocking out Ross Ebanez (18-6-1) of Hilo, Hawaii, in the second round Friday on the 2008 premiere of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on Showtime.

In the co-feature presented by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.‘s Live Fight Division, EliteXC, talented Paul “Semtex” Daley (17-6-2) of England scored a first-round knockout over Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-10) of St. Paul, Minn.

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EliteXC Announces Daley-Morgan for ShoXC

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced that Paul “Semtex” Daley will take on former Ultimate Fighter cast member Sam Morgan in the co-main event of the upcoming ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event which is scheduled to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on January 25th.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Eddie Alvarez-Ross Ebanez bout which we reported yesterday.

Daley is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. His last victory was a TKO win over Mark Weir at Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable in September. Morgan has split a pair of fights since leaving the confines of the UFC. His last fight was a losing effort against an undefeated Cung Le at a Strikeforce event in November. Morgan is also rumored to be fighting at a WEC event in the spring.

Report: Weir Still Set to Face Daley

The Fight Network is reporting that Mark Weir is actually healthy and still training in preparation for his bout against Paul Daley at Cage Rage 23.

We reported via MMA Weekly last week that Weir was injured during his bout with Nick Thompson at the BodogFight: Vancouver tapings this past weekend but apparently that isn’t the case according to Cage Rage promoters:

Despite numerous mumblings that UFC veteran Mark Weir (18-13) had been replaced for Sept. 22’s Cage Rage 23 “Unbelievable” event at Wembley Arena, promoters have confirmed that the bout is still on. Rumours began to circulate last week that Weir had been injured during his bout against Nick Thompson (33-9-1) during Bodog Fight’s season six tapings and that Ryo Chonan (14-7) had been drafted in to replace him. Weir lost to Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion Thompson via first round TKO stoppage in a non-title bout. Cage Rage has since gone on record to say that Weir is fit, healthy and in training for the bout against Paul Daley (15-6-2).

It’s odd that MMA Weekly would have Daley stating that he was now fighting Chonan because Weir was unable to fight. However the current rumors of Chonan signing with the UFC would make sense if it turns out that Weir actually isn’t injured.

We will continue to follow this story…

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