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Bellator 72 Update: UFC/Strikeforce Veteran Paul Daley Joins Bellator

Paul DaleyBellator Fighting Championships has announced its latest signing, as talented striker Paul Daley has signed with the company. Daley will be added to the promotion’s July 20 show in Tampa, no opponent has been announced at this time. Bellator announced the move earlier today.

When Paul Daley asked out of his current deal with Strikeforce it was reported that he did so due to his infrequency of fights in Strikeforce. That should not be an issue as he joins Bellator, as the company’s tournament format can keep fighters busy.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was ecstatic to sign the Englishman, stating, “I’ve been a Semtex fan for years,” said 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.”

While a long-term deal with Bellator will certainly keep Daley as busy as he prefers, it will also test his development as an all-round fighter if he makes his way through the tournament and faces off with Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.

Daley last fought at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, a fight that saw him lose a contentious decision to Kazuo Misaki.


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