In what has to be the most shocking news in the last week or so, ProElite’s Welterweight contender Paul “SemTex” Daley (17-6-2) is calling it quits as of right now. Here’s what Daley had to say, “I will be stepping down as Cage Rage champion (British and World), FX-3 champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Furthermore, I consider myself retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29.”
Daley was considered Jake Shields’ biggest opponent down the line as a challenger to an EliteXC Welterweight title (Shields has yet to win the belt, but EliteXC is grooming him for it).
From reading what Daley had to say:
“This is for the fighters, fans, promoters and trolls alike. As of now, I will be stepping down as Cage Rage champion (British and World), FX-3 champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Furthermore, I consider myself retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29. [On] March 29, I will fulfil my contracted commitment for Pro Elite against a yet unnamed opponent. No speculation, no further announcements. Once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in the martial arts, I may return to this sport – maybe [in] six months, maybe [in] six years. Who knows?”
It seems as though he’s admitting that he’s fighting for the wrong reasons and that IF he ever remembers why he started, then maybe he’ll return. All of this was very sudden and still seems extremely odd, but hey its possible that he just doesn’t want to do it anymore and you have to respect that.
There was an update that Daley would still be teaching at the Workplace Gym and that he is still “committed to teaching”.
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