That’s right. Paul Daley, the United Kingdom’s standout striker, has inked a four-fight deal with the premier organization in mixed martial arts, according to Fighters Only. Daley has some of the best stand-up in the welterweight division and is consistently improving in his ground game. He’ll be entering the UFC sporting an overall record of 21-8-2 with 17 of those wins coming via stoppage. “Semtex” has also won nine of his past eleven fights with his only losses in that span coming from welterweight contenders Jake Shields and Nick Thompson. Some of his notable victims include John Alessio, Sammy Morgan, Mark Weir, Bang Ludwig, Dave Strasser, Jess Liaudin, and Xavier Fucka-Poopa.
While I wouldn’t put any money on the guy taking the welterweight strap from Georges St. Pierre any time soon, Daley is a solid addition to an already stacked 170 pound division. The specifics of his debut haven’t been revealed as of this writing, but I would venture to say that a bout against Dan Hardy at the upcoming show in Manchester makes sense. Both men like to trade punches, both are British natives, and both are looking for opponents that will help up their stock in the sport. Joe Silva, send out the goddamn contracts already.
Instead of wasting more time and energy focusing on Fedor’s next move, let’s pay attention to the former Affliction fighters who have already found new places to ply their trade. Daley, Rothwell, and Gormley are now officially UFC fighters. It’s only a matter of time before Vitor Belfort signs his name on one of those crazy Zuffa contracts that force you to give up the organs of your first born and your soul. On top of that, Affliction’s demise actually improved Jay Hieron’s situation as he’ll now be fighting Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight strap. There’s only one giant, amoeba-shaped question mark in this whole situation: what in the world will become of Tim Sylvia?
I think it’s plainly obvious that the UFC decided to offer Daley a contract only after Ryan bitched about it. There’s no other conclusion a reasonable person could possibly come to.