British powerhouse Paul "Semtex" Daley is the latest addition to the already talent-rich Bellator Fighting Championships
welterweight division. The promotion announced the signing Friday.
An explosive striker who truly lives up to his moniker "Semtex," 20 of Daley's 29 wins have come by knockout. The Nottingham, England native holds victories over Martin Kampmann, Jorge Masvidal, Scott Smith and Duane Ludwig.
He makes his promotional debut July 20 at Bellator 72
in Tampa, Fla., the same night Season Six Welterweight Tournament Finalists Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou battle for the next title shot against reigning world champion Ben Askren.
"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.
"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."
"I've been a Semtex fan for years," said Bellator Chairman & CEO 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."Photo Credit: Josh Hedges/Forza LLC/Getty Images