Top British fighter Paul Daley has sensationally announced his retirment from mixed martial arts at just 25 years old.
Daley left the following message on the Cagewarriors forum on Tuesday:
"This is for the fighters, fans, promoters and trolls alike.
As of now i will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and world), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Futher more i consider my self retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th i will fullfill my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet unnamed opponent.
No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i've found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows.
Who will be the next welterweight CRC champ. FX-3 champ????...
No further comment has been made by Daley, who until the announcement was one of the brightest prospects ever produced by the UK MMA scene, with wins over the likes of Duane Ludwig and a contract with the EliteXC promotion.
However, FX3 promoter Paul James confirmed that Daley has quit as his organisation's champion, saying: "It is a shame as Paul is still young with a huge amount of potential and I personally think he is the best MMA fighter the UK has."