As expected, welterweight Paul Daley has signed a multi-fight contract to compete for Strikeforce. MiddleEasy.com first reported the possibility of the move earlier this month, but Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com confirmed the signing with Strikeforce official Mike Afromowitz on Thursday.
Daley was fired by the world’s biggest MMA organization this past May for sucker punching Josh Koscheck at UFC 113. The slugger claimed to be “glad” because plenty of other doors would open up. In steps Strikeforce, as the UFC’s stateside rivals have just inked another former Octagon athlete.
The heavy-handed Brit posted a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal this past Saturday at Shark Fights 13 in Texas. Coincidentally, Strikeforce came to terms with Masvidal earlier this week.
Daley made his UFC debut in September 2009 with a devastating win over the talented Martin Kampmann. He followed that up by knocking out submission specialist Dustin Hazelett before his infamous incident with Kos.
In case you missed it, “Semtex” committed the ultimate sin following his lopsided unanimous decision loss to his bitter rival. After getting manhandled for the better part of the 15-minute affair, a frustrated Daley walked up to Kos and landed the best left hook of the night – unfortunately, it was well after the final horn had sounded.
It is believed Daley signed a six-fight deal with the San Jose, California based promotion. No word on when Daley will make his Strikeforce debut, however the promotion has been talking about an October/November show that could feature the controversial 170-pounder.
(Updated 9/16/10 9:20 AM PT)
Strikeforce has just issued a press release confirming today’s report. Here’s what Daley had to say:
“I am a striker – there is no secret about that. I like to knock people out aggressively and quickly. That’s my game and no opponent’s going to change that. Almost all my fights are exciting and memorable with non-stop action.
“I’m looking forward to fighting for Strikeforce and would really love to fight (current Strikeforce welterweight champion) Nick Diaz. He’s a big name and a great fighter. Diaz would bring out the best in me and would be a great test.”