While unemployment rates in America continue to hover around all-time highs, Strikeforce welterweight Paul Daley is doing his best to jeopardize the cushy gig he’s already got.
Most mixed martial artists were thrilled when the UFC’s parent company purchased Strikeforce, but Daley threatened to pull out of this Saturday’s title fight with Nick Diaz because he didn’t want to help the company that released him not too many moons ago.
“Semtex” owns an impressive 27-9-2 record, but was punted from the world’s premier MMA promotion after his cheap shot on Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 in May 2010. Although he’s rattled off four consecutive wins since his dismissal, the sport’s sucker-punching specialist remains on UFC president Dana White’s shunned list.
Even though the 27-year-old continues to excel inside the cage, it appears he’s failed to evolve outside of it. Most believe the UFC will absorb Strikeforce the instant their contract with Showtime expires. Knowing that’s the direction the ship is likely headed, imagine a potential employee telling you this during an interview.
“I’m not a kiss-ass, I’m not really a company guy, I like to do my own thing and do things when I want to do them. Some people like that, some people don’t,” Daley told ESPN.co.uk. “My management tell me to do something, but I’ll just do what I want to do.
“I’m not stubborn, it’s not that I’ve got no discipline, I just want to be me. I’ve only ever been me, I just say it how it is and deal with the consequences afterwards.”
Daley challenges Diaz for his welterweight crown this Saturday inside the Valley View Casino in San Diego, California.