English fighter Paul Daley has signed a one-year, three-fight deal with the British Association of MMA (BAMMA). The embattled fighter’s future has been up in the air since being released by Bellator MMA last month due to his legal troubles. Daley previously fought for the company in between Strikeforce appearances in 2011.
Daley is slated to fight for Russian MMA promotion LEGEND this November (further details, including opponent, are scarce) but hinted on Facebook that, if all goes well, he could make his return to BAMMA this December.
Before signing, “Semtex” made overtures to the UFC in the hopes they would sign him after being released by Bellator MMA. UFC president Dana White was never keen on the idea however, citing his previously reported visa issues. The volatile English fighter was released by Bellator MMA after the promotion discovered that Daley had not been cleared of any charges, as he proclaimed, but plead to lesser (but still violent) crimes to avoid jail time. Since the crimes would still prevent him entry to North America, the promotion was left with little recourse other than releasing him.
Daley has won four straight fights (including his lone Bellator MMA appearance) since leaving Strikeforce after a frustrating 1-3 run with the now defunct promotion.