|Born||Paul Anthony Daley
21 February 1983 
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||76.0 in (193 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Nottingham, England|
Team Rough House
Blue belt in the BOLT Wrestling SystemPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Paul Anthony Daley (born 21 February 1983) is an English professional mixed martial artist who has fought for EliteXC, Cage Rage, Strikeforce, BAMMA, Maximum Fighting Championship, Cage Warriors, Shark Fights, Impact FC, Pancrase, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator Fighting Championships and Cage Contender.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Weight issues
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Daley's parents are from Caribbean background. Daley was first introduced to martial arts when he began taking karate at the age of 8. Primarily based in England, he has been known to hold portions of his training camp at Mike's Gym in the Netherlands. He was previously a member of Team Rough House, where he trained with fellow Nottingham residents Dan Hardy, Nick Osipczak, Dean Amasinger, Jimmy Wallhead and Andre Winner. But he now trains out of Nottingham based Spirit Dojo, where he also teaches muay thai kickboxing classes.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
He later signed a four fight contract with the UFC, following Affliction's collapse. Daley's first fight was scheduled to be on the preliminary card of UFC 103 against Brian Foster, which was due to air on ESPN (UK), prior to the main card. However, on 4 September, it was announced that Paul Daley had agreed to step in for Mike Swick, who suffered an injury during training and was unable to fight top contender Martin Kampmann at UFC 103.
In his UFC debut, Daley put in an aggressive performance, defeating Martin Kampmann via Technical knockout due to a barrage of punches.
Daley was expected to face Carlos Condit on 2 January 2010 at UFC 108. However, Condit would be forced off the card after suffering a severe cut to his hand. He was replaced by Dustin Hazelett.
After failing to make the stipulated 170 lb for the Hazelett fight, Daley was fined 10% of his fight purse. The bout was fought at a catchweight of 172 lbs. Early in the fight Daley dropped Hazelett with a left hook, then followed up with additional punches on the ground knocking Hazelett out cold.
At UFC 113, on 8 May 2010, Daley was placed to fight Josh Koscheck, with the winner destined to become the next challenger against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship and the opportunity to coach against St-Pierre on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Koscheck controlled all three rounds, keeping the fight on the ground and neutralizing Daley's striking. After the end of the third and final round, Daley hit Koscheck in the face with a left hook sucker punch. Referee Dan Miragliotta swung Daley around and pinned him against the fence to subdue him. In an interview at the conclusion of the event, UFC president Dana White announced that he was banishing Daley from the UFC for life. White said, "There's no excuse for that. These guys are professional athletes. You don't ever hit a guy blatantly after the bell like that, whether you're frustrated or not." He added, "I don't care if he fights in every show all over the world and becomes the best and everybody thinks he's the best pound-for-pound best in the world, he will never fight in the UFC ever again." White also said that when he spoke to Daley after the fight, he actually denied hitting Koscheck.
Daley apologized for his actions after returning to the United Kingdom, saying that Koscheck's trash-talking pushed him over the edge, but that there was "no excuse" for his "rash decision."  He was suspended 30 days by the Quebec Athletic Commission.
Daley was supposed to face Yuya Shirai for the BAMMA welterweight belt, but came in over the 170-pound limit for a title bout. The two still headlined the card, but it became a non-title fight. Daley dropped Shirai immediately with a jab, which was his first strike in the fight, and later he dropped him again with an uppercut and left hook before finishing the fight with vicious ground and pound.
Following his win over Masvidal, Daley signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce and made his promotional debut against Scott Smith on 4 December 2010 at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II. Smith charged forward as Daley connected with an overhand left hook, sending Smith unconscious face first into the canvas at 2:09 of round 1. In the post fight interview, he called out lightweight K.J. Noons.
Daley fought Nick Diaz on 9 April 2011 at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley and lost. Daley dropped Diaz twice in the first round of the scheduled five round fight. Daley then fell to the ground after a quick exchange, with the referee ending the bout three seconds from the end of the first round, marking the first time Daley has been stopped by strikes.
After a 3 month hiatus, Daley was expected to face Evangelista Santos at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, but Santos was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury and was replaced with Tyron Woodley. The winner of this fight was expected to fight for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship against a fighter yet to be named. He lost the bout via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28 each in favour of Woodley.
After some months, Daley requested to be released from his Strikeforce contract, citing lack of frequent fights as being the reason for him wanting to leave.
He defeated Daniel Acacio at an Impact Fighting Championships event in Sydney, Australia. Speaking after his victory, Daley revealed that he expects to sign with Strikeforce or DREAM "real soon."
He then faced Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley in September 2010, and won via unanimous decision. Before the fight, he weighed in three-quarters of a pound overweight and was forced to give up 15% of his "show purse".
Daley was next scheduled to fight twice in just over five weeks. The first bout was against UFC veteran Jordan Radev at BAMMA 7, and the second bout was against UFC and MFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti at Ringside MMA 12 - Daley vs. Fioravanti. Daley won both via unanimous decision.
Daley was going to fight in a kickboxing bout at UCMMA 26 against Luke Sines for his 'UK1' Welterweight Championship, however, due to contract obligations, Daley had to pull out of the fight due to contract problems with Strikeforce.
On 15 June, just a week after being released from his Strikeforce contract, Daley signed with Bellator Fighting Championships. Daley had a successful debut at Bellator 72 against journeyman Rudy Bears in a welterweight fight, defeating him by first round TKO due to strikes.
Daley was selected in a fan vote to fight War Machine in the first Bellator fight to be shown on Spike TV, however injury forced his opponent out of the up-coming Welterweight tournament. Daley himself was then removed from the tournament after being barred from entering the United States after being arrested in December in relation to an alleged bar fight in his native England. He faced up to two years in prison if convicted. Daley later claimed the charges had been thrown out for lack of evidence, clearing him to apply for a visa to compete within Bellator's ninth season.
On 25 July, Bellator announced that Daley had been released from the organization due to ongoing legal troubles. Bellator officials had learned that the charges in the bar fight had not been dropped after all. In fact, Daley had pleaded guilty to one count of assault and two counts of obstructing an officer. The violent nature of the incident, combined with the prospect of continued visa problems due to the fact he was now a convicted felon, made Bellator officials decide to cut ties with Daley.
Return to BAMMA
On 6 August 2013, it was reported that Daley had signed a 3 fight, 12 month contract with BAMMA. His first fight back in the British promotion was against Romario Manoel da Silva at BAMMA 14 on December 14th. He defeated da Silva by KO at 1:42 of the 2nd round, after dominating the 1st round.
Daley has had a history of missing weight in fights, with the BAMMA 7 weigh-in marking the 6th time within the last 14 fights that Daley had missed weight for a fight. After the Diaz fight, he vowed that he would improve his diet to help him cut weight correctly for his future fights. However, Daley yet again missed weight for his BAMMA 7 fight.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Cage Rage Championships
- FX3 Welterweight Championship (One time)
- 2010 All-Violence Third Team
- King of The Ring
- King of The Ring European Muay Thai Champion
- King of The Ring World Muay Thai Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|48 matches||33 wins||13 losses|
|Win||34-13-2||Romario Manoel da Silva||KO (punch)||BAMMA 14: Daley vs. da Silva||14 December 2013||2||1:42||Birmingham, England|
|Loss||33-13-2||Alexander Yakovlev||Decision (unanimous)||Legend Fight Show 2||8 November 2013||3||5:00||Moskow, Russia|
|Win||33–12–2||Lukasz Chlewicki||TKO (doctor stoppage)||CWFC 57||20 July 2013||1||5:00||Liverpool, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||32–12–2||Rodrigo Ribeiro||KO (punches)||Dubai Fighting Championship 4||10 May 2013||2||1:03||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||31–12–2||Patrick Vallee||KO (flying knee)||Cage Contender 16: Daley vs. Vallee||23 February 2013||2||4:12||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||30–12–2||Rudy Bears||TKO (punches)||Bellator 72||20 July 2012||1||2:45||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||29–12–2||Kazuo Misaki||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||3 March 2012||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||29–11–2||Luigi Fioravanti||Decision (unanimous)||Ringside MMA 12: Daley vs. Fioravanti||21 October 2011||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||28–11–2||Jordan Radev||Decision (unanimous)||BAMMA 7||10 September 2011||3||5:00||Birmingham, United Kingdom||176 lb catchweight bout. Percentage of Daley's purse was forfeited to Radev for coming in overweight.|
|Loss||27–11–2||Tyron Woodley||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson||30 July 2011||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||27–10–2||Nick Diaz||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley||9 April 2011||1||4:57||San Diego, California, United States||For the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship|
|Win||27–9–2||Yuya Shirai||KO (punches)||BAMMA 5||26 February 2011||1||1:46||Manchester, United Kingdom||Originally for BAMMA WW title, later changed to non-title bout after Daley weighed in over the 170 lb limit.|
|Win||26–9–2||Scott Smith||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||4 December 2010||1||2:09||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Strikeforce Best of 2010 Awards Knockout of the Year.|
|Win||25–9–2||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 13||11 September 2010||3||5:00||Amarillo, Texas, United States||171.75 lb catchweight bout; 10% of Daley's purse was forfeited to Masvidal for being overweight.|
|Win||24–9–2||Daniel Acacio||Submission (elbows)||Impact FC 2||18 July 2010||3||1:15||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||23–9–2||Josh Koscheck||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 113||8 May 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||UFC Welterweight title eliminator. Released from UFC for hitting Koscheck after the bell.|
|Win||23–8–2||Dustin Hazelett||KO (punches)||UFC 108||2 January 2010||1||2:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||172lb catchweight; 10% of Daley's purse was forfeited to Hazelett for being overweight. Knockout of the Night|
|Win||22–8–2||Martin Kampmann||TKO (punches)||UFC 103||19 September 2009||1||2:31||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||21–8–2||Porfirio Alves Jr.||KO (soccer kick and punches)||WFC 8: D-Day||18 April 2009||1||2:29||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Win||20–8–2||Aurelijus Kerpe||KO (knee and punches)||Ultimate Gladiators||29 March 2009||1||1:35||Nottingham, United Kingdom|
|Loss||19–8–2||Nick Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 20||20 February 2009||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||19–7–2||John Alessio||KO (punches)||MFC 19||5 December 2008||2||2:18||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||18–7–2||Jake Shields||Submission (armbar)||EliteXC: Heat||4 October 2008||2||3:47||Sunrise, Florida, United States||For EliteXC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||18–6–2||Bojan Kosednar||KO (punch)||Cage Warriors||12 July 2008||1||4:53||Nottingham, United Kingdom|
|Win||17–6–2||Sam Morgan||KO (elbow)||ShoXC||25 January 2008||1||2:12||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–6–2||Mark Weir||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 23||22 September 2007||2||2:14||London, United Kingdom||Defended Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship; Won Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship|
|Win||15–6–2||Duane Ludwig||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni||22 June 2007||2||0:42||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||14–6–2||Paul Jenkins||Submission (punch to the body)||Cage Rage 21||21 April 2007||2||0:41||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Defended Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship|
|Win||13–6–2||Daniel Weichel||KO (knee)||FX3: Fight Night 4||10 March 2007||1||2:53||London, United Kingdom||Won FX3 Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||12–6–2||Luiz Azeredo||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 19||9 December 2006||3||5:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||12–5–2||Sol Gilbert||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 18||30 September 2006||2||2:59||London, United Kingdom||Defended Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||11–5–2||Satoru Kitaoka||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pancrase||27 August 2006||1||2:54||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||11–4–2||Ross Mason||Decision (majority)||Cage Rage 17||1 July 2006||3||5:00||London, United Kingdom||Won Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship|
|Win||10–4–2||Dave Strasser||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 16||22 April 2006||3||5:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||9–4–2||Blake Fredrickson||Decision (unanimous)||Genesis Fights: Brawl at the Mall 2||18 March 2006||2||2:00||Auburn, Washington, United States|
|Loss||8–4–2||Jean Silva||TKO (corner stoppage)||Cage Rage 15||4 February 2006||2||4:40||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||8–3–2||Joey Van Wanrooij||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 14||3 December 2005||3||5:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||7–3–2||Peter Angerer||KO (punches)||FX3: Battle of Britain||15 October 2005||1||3:28||London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||6–3–2||Pat Healy||Submission (guillotine choke)||SF 11: Rumble at the Rose Garden||9 July 2005||2||3:15||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||6–2–2||Sami Berik||KO (punches)||FX3: Xplosion||18 June 2005||1||3:03||Berkshire, United Kingdom|
|Draw||5–2–2||Paul Jenkins||Draw||Cage Rage 11: Face Off||30 April 2005||3||5:00||London, United Kingdom||For the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship|
|Draw||5–2–1||Abdul Mohamed||Draw||Cage Warriors 9||18 December 2005||5||5:00||Sheffield, United Kingdom||For the Cage Warriors Welterweight Championship|
|Win||5–2||Jess Liaudin||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 9: No Mercy||27 November 2004||1||5:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||4–2||Paul Jenkins||KO (punches)||Cage Warriors 8||18 September 2004||2||2:56||Sheffield, United Kingdom|
|Win||3–2||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||KO (punch)||Cage Rage 7||10 July 2004||1||N/A||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||2–2||Lee Doski||TKO (punches and elbows)||UKMMAC 6: Extreme Warriors||29 February 2004||1||0:41||Essex, United Kingdom|
|Loss||1–2||James Nicholl||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UKMMAC 5: Mean Intentions||2 November 2003||2||3:41||Essex, United Kingdom|
|Loss||1–1||Florentim Amorim||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CWFC 4: UK vs. France||27 July 2003||1||N/A||Hampshire, United Kingdom|
|Win||1–0||John Connelly||KO (punches)||Extreme Brawl 3||29 June 2003||1||N/A||Bracknell, United Kingdom|
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- "NEW fight announced for Sydney: Daley vs Acacio". 2 June 2010.
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- "Paul Daley signs new multi-fight deal with BAMMA".
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