Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has signed for Bellator FC and will debut at Bellator 72 on July 20.
The deal was verbally agreed several days ago but formal notification only came through today with an official announcement from Bellator.
“I’ve been a Semtex fan for years,” said Bellator chairman 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’s debut will take place at The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa and will air live on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Tickets for the event are being distributed by Ticketmaster.com.
Hailing for Nottingham, England, Daley has enjoyed an incredibly successful career amassing a 29-12 record that includes 20 KO victories. ‘Semtex’ holds victories over Martin Kampmann, Jorge Masvidal, Scott Smith and Duane Ludwig and is 29 years old.
“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 joins a division that includes reigning champion Ben Askren, Season 6 Tournament finalists Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou, former UFC standout and fellow Muay Thai stylist Ben Saunders, plus Douglas Lima.
Daley knows he has his work cut out for him.
“The organization has really been developing and signing a lot of the best fighters in the world, and it’s another reason why I signed with Bellator,” Daley said. “The tournament format is something that really stood out to me, and it’s a chance to face some of the best fighters in the sport.
“There isn’t anyone sitting at the top of the mountain top making decisions on who fights who, the fighters get to decide who is going to be the next champion, and that’s how it should be. Bellator does it right, and that’s why I’m here.”