Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef Join Bellator MMA

Written by Tom Ngo
July 21st, 2014

UFC Strikeforce Paul Daley

Scott Coker is bringing the band back together. On Monday, Bellator MMA announced the signings of welterweight Paul Daley (pictured) and Melvin Manhoef.

Terms of their respective deals were not disclosed.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We want Bellator to be a destination for not only the top-tier fighters in the sport, but the first-choice destination for fans to see the most entertaining fights in the sport,” Coker said. “Both Paul and Melvin add a level of excitement to the roster that I can’t wait to see inside our cage, and this is just the beginning.”

Daley has won five of his past six scraps, most recently putting Romario Manoel da Silva to sleep at BAMMA 14 in December.

“Semtex” fought for Coker sporadically between 2007-2011 in Strikeforce.

“Like always, I’m coming into Bellator to put on a show,” Daley said. “I loved working for Coker back in Strikeforce, and when I got the call to possibly come back to Bellator, it was a no-brainer. I feel great, I’m fresh, and I’m going after that belt.”

Manhoef snapped his two-fight losing streak in April by posting a TKO victory over Evangelista Santos at Gringo Super Fight 10.

Manhoef is a recognizable name in the MMA world, but the kickboxer was just 0-2 for Coker when he worked for him in Strikeforce.

No word when the sluggers will make their promotional debut.

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