Rising welterweight Paul Daley’s next bout is likely to come against top 170-pound contenders Jon Fitch or Josh Koscheck, but the British slugger also has his sights set on a matchup with recent welterweight challenger Thiago Alves.
Daley continued his climb up the division’s ladder on Saturday with a first-round knockout of Dustin Hazelett, his fourth-straight victory overall and second-straight in the UFC following a September knockout of Martin Kampmann.
“The big problem in this division right now is the two best guys out there are probably Koscheck and Fitch, and trying to get them to fight each other is a nightmare. I’d really like to see that fight,” said UFC President Dana White at Saturday’s post-UFC 108 press conference. “We’ll put Daley against one of them and see what happens.”
“Fitch would be great or Koscheck,” said Daley. “There’s (also) an Alves fight. I’ve been fighting and knocking guys out standing up, but I really haven’t displayed my full array of standup skills. I think a fight with Alves would be entertaining for the fans.”
With Fitch scheduled to rematch Alves in March, a matchup with Koscheck is most-likely on tap for Daley once Koscheck heals from an undisclosed injury that recently forced him to withdraw from a February rematch with Paulo Thiago.