Paul Daley full career story

Former kickboxer and mixed martial artist Paul Daley is from the United Kingdom. Daley was a professional fighter who competed for the UFC, Bellator MMA, Cage Rage, Final Fight Championship, Strikeforce, EliteXC, ShoXC, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, Cage Contender, Shark Fights, Pancrase, and Impact FC between the years of 2003 and 2022. Daley previously held the titles of Cage Rage British and World Welterweight Champions. You can read more relevant info regarding MMA fighters in our MMA section or news about other athetes on our Today Sports News.


Paul Daley, who was of Caribbean descent and was born in London, played youth football for Nottingham Forest FC alongside Jermaine Jenas, a future England international, before moving to Nottingham at a young age. At the age of eight, Daley started learning karate before switching to muay thai. Daley was a reconnaissance driver with the Household Cavalry during his time in the British Army. After graduating from Carlton-Le-Willows Academy, Daley started training in mixed martial arts when he was 18 years old.

Tai and Ayana are the names of Daley’s two children from a previous relationship with Elizabeth Houston. In Nottingham, England, they reside. [Reference needed]

Career in mixed martial arts

initial career
Before signing with new promotion Cage Rage, Daley made his professional debut in 2003 and finished with a 2-2 record.

Cage Fury

Daley faced Abdul Mohamed for the Cage Warriors Welterweight Championship after defeating Jess Liaudin via TKO. After five rounds, the match was declared a draw. In their rematch from Cage Warriors 8, which Daley won by TKO, the veteran Paul Jenkins faced Daley for the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship. The rematch ended in a tie between the two. [9] [8]

Paul Daley had a record of 10-4-2 and was awarded another chance to compete for the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship against Ross Mason after defeating UFC veteran Dave Strasser. Daley, the new Cage Rage British Welterweight Champion, prevailed by majority vote.

Paul Daley was set to make his third title defence against Cage Rage World Welterweight Champion Mark Weir at Cage Rage 23 after successfully defending his championship twice and defeating Duane Ludwig via knockout in Strikeforce. Daley now holds both titles after winning via knockout in the second round. Daley competed against Jake Shields for the EliteXC Welterweight Championship at EliteXC: Heat following two additional knockout victories in the ShoXC and Cage Warriors divisions. Daley’s six-fight winning streak came to an end in the second round when he was submitted via armbar. In his following four fights, which included two appearances for the MFC in Canada, Daley amassed a 3-1 record.

At Affliction: Trilogy, Daley was supposed to square off against Jay Hieron, but the match was postponed because of Affliction Entertainment’s demise.

Fighting Championship Ultimate
Daley signed a four-fight contract with the UFC after Affliction’s demise.
Paul Daley  was supposed to face Brian Foster in the opening bout of UFC 103’s preliminary card. Which was going to air on ESPN (UK) before the main event.  On September 4, it was revealed that Daley had decided to replace Mike Swick. Who was unable to compete at UFC 103 against top contender Martin Kampmann due to an injury sustained during training.

Daley displayed aggression in his UFC debut, knocking out Kampmann with a series of punches to win by technical knockout. [12]

At UFC 108, Carlos Condit and Daley were scheduled to square off on January 2, 2010.

Condit withdrew from the card, though, after getting a bad cut on his hand. Dustin Hazelett took his place.

Daley was fined 10% of the amount of the bout because he didn’t weigh in at the required 170 pounds for the Hazelett battle.

The catchweight for the fight was 172 pounds. Using a left hook to take Hazelett to the ground early in the fight, Daley continued the battle with more punches and eventually knocked him out.

Welterweight contendership

The victor of Daley’s fight with Josh Koscheck at UFC 113, which took place on May 8, 2010, will go on to challenge Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Аnd have the chance to compete against St-Pierre as a coach on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Koscheck appeared to fake receiving an illegal knee in the opening round, which cost Daley a point. After dominating Daley with his wrestling for the majority of the fight, Koscheck was awarded the victory by a unanimous vote. Following the conclusion of the third and final round. Daley approached Koscheck from behind and made an attempt to land a left hook to the face. Daley was restrained by referee Dan Miragliotta by being pinned against the fence. Dana White, the president of the UFC, declared in an interview after the fight that Daley would be permanently banned from the organisation. White responded, “That is not acceptable.

Professional athletes, these guys. Regardless of whether you are frustrated or not, you never attack a guy after the bell in such a blatant manner. He said, “He will never fight in the UFC ever again.  I don’t care if he competes in every show all over the world and becomes the best and everyone believes he’s the best in the world pound-for-pound.” Daley said he hadn’t heard the bell when White spoke to him after the altercation, according to White.

After leaving for the UK, Daley expressed regret for what he had done, claiming that Koscheck’s insults had pushed him over the brink, but that there was “no explanation” for his “rash judgement.  The Quebec Athletic Commission placed him on a 30-day suspension.


The battle between Daley and Yuya Shirai was intended to be for the BAMMA welterweight title. However Daley overweighed for a title match. Although it was no longer a title match, the two were still the main attraction.  Daley’s opening punch of the fight, a jab, promptly dropped Shirai. Later, he dropped him once more with an uppercut and a left hook before using ground and pound to end the fight.

After defeating Jorge Masvidal in the Shark Fights promotion, Daley signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce,[25] and on December 4, 2010, at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II, he faced Scott Smith in his professional debut.  In round 1, at 2:09, Daley was knocked out. He singled out light heavyweight K. J. Noons in the post-fight interview. Daley was given the opportunity to compete for the championship against Nick Diaz after defeating Scott Smith.

On April 9, 2011, Daley faced Nick Diaz at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley. Daley was stopped for the first time by blows as Diaz won the fight through TKO three seconds after the opening frame.

Daley was scheduled to fight Evangelista Santos at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson after a three-month break, however Santos pulled out with a shoulder injury and Tyron Woodley took his place. The winner of this match was anticipated to compete against an unidentified opponent for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship. [28] He was defeated by a unanimous decision, with Woodley winning with a score of 29–28 from the three judges. Kazuo Misaki and Daley squared off at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.

 He was defeated by a split decision.

After a few months, Daley asked to be freed from his contract with Strikeforce. Citing the infrequency of his fights as the cause of his desire to depart.

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At an Impact Fighting Championships match in Sydney, Australia, Daley defeated Daniel Acacio. Daley stated after his win that he planned to join with Strikeforce or DREAM “very soon.”

In September 2010, Daley defeated Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley by unanimous decision. He had to forfeit 15% of his “show purse” since he was three-quarters of a pound overweight before the fight.

Following that, Daley had two fights lined up in just over five weeks. At BAMMA 7, the first fight was against UFC veteran Jordan Radev, and at Ringside MMA 12’s Daley vs. Fioravanti, the second fight was against UFC and MFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti. Daley was the unanimous winner in both cases.

At UCMMA 26, Daley was scheduled to compete against Luke Sines for the “UK” Welterweight Championship; however, Daley was forced to withdraw from the fight owing to contract issues with Strikeforce.

MMA Bellator

Daley joined Bellator Fighting Championships on June 15, one week after being let go from his Strikeforce contract. Daley won his welterweight debut match against Rudy Bears at Bellator 72 by first-round TKO thanks to strikes.

The following bout for Daley was supposed to take place on November 2 at Bellator 79 in Rama, Ontario, Canada, however it never happened.

War Machine was forced to withdraw from the next Welterweight tournament due to injury. But Paul Daley was chosen by fans to face him in the first Bellator fight to air on Spike TV. Daley was later eliminated from the competition after being denied entry to the United States following his arrest in December in connection with an alleged bar brawl in England. If found guilty, he could have spent two years behind bars. Later, Daley asserted that the accusations had been dropped for a lack of evidence. Releasing him to submit an application for a visa so he could compete in Bellator’s ninth season.

Bellator revealed on July 25 that Daley has been fired from the company due to persistent legal issues. The charges in the bar fight had not actually been dismissed, according to Bellator officials. Daley had really admitted guilt to two counts of impeding an officer and one count of assault. Bellator executives decided to cut connections with Daley due to the violent nature of the incident and the possibility of ongoing visa issues given the fact that he was now a convicted criminal.

On September 13, 2014, Daley knocked out Marinho Moreira da Rocha at BAMMA 16.

Paul Daley: To Bellator MMA once more

Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef were both signed by Bellator MMA on July 21, 2014. On February 27, 2015, at Bellator 134, Daley was scheduled to face Douglas Lima for the Bellator Welterweight Championship.  Nevertheless, Lima withdrew from the contest because of an injury. Daley was in opposition to André Santos. He was declared the winner by a unanimous vote.

On July 17, 2015, Daley competed against Dennis Olson at Bellator 140.  In the second round, he obtained a TKO victory.

On January 29, 2016, Daley fought Andy Uhrich in the main event of Bellator 148, his third match for Bellator in less than a year. A right uppercut that occurred two minutes into the first round gave him the victory by knockout.

On July 16, 2016, the co-main event of Bellator London was to feature Daley vs. Josh Koscheck once more. Koscheck pulled out of the bout on June 6 for unspecified reasons, and Douglas Lima, the former Bellator Welterweight Champion, took his place.

The Bellator 163 welterweight match between Daley and Derek Anderson was cancelled the day of the event when Daley became ill as a result of his weight loss.

Daley publicly demanded his release from Bellator, however in late June 2018, Bellator revealed that he had signed a new contract.

On February 16, 2019, at Bellator 216, Daley competed against Michael Page as a part of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Tournament.

Since neither combatant could muster much offence, the fight was mostly unremarkable. Daley was defeated by a unanimous vote.

On June 22, 2019, Daley competed against Erick Silva at Bellator 223.

 He received a unanimous decision victory.

Sabah Homasi and Daley were scheduled to square off at Bellator 232 on October 26, 2019.

Saad Awad replaced Homasi after he withdrew from the fight due to an injury. By way of a TKO in the second round, Daley prevailed.

Sabah Homasi and Daley will now square off at Bellator 241 on March 13, 2020.  However, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak ultimately forced the cancellation of the entire event.

The matchup between Daley and Derek Anderson was then set for Bellator 247 on October 1, 2020. The fight was abandoned because he was hospitalised after failing to gain weight. [68] Daley declared his intention to retire during his subsequent match after the incident.

For the third time, Daley’s fight with Sabah Homasi at Bellator 257 will take place on April 16, 2021. Daley made a comeback and won the fight through technical knockout in the second round despite being dropped and almost being stopped in the first round.

At Bellator 260 on June 11, 2021, Daley faced Jason Jackson. After being dominated on the ground for the bulk of the fight, he lost by unanimous decision.

In his final bout, Daley was supposed to take against Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 281 on May 13, 2022.

However, Koreshkov withdrew from the fight for unknown reasons, and Wendell Giacomo took his place. [76] Daley declared this would be his final MMA fight before to the battle. In the second round, he was knocked out to win the match.

Fighting career

Since starting kickboxing again in August 2014, Daley has triumphed five times, most recently on August 16, 2014, in Bournemouth, England, at the Phoenix Fight Night 3 event, when he defeated Latvian champion Artem Mironcev. In round three, Daley was the victor through TKO.

Weight problems
Daley has a history of failing to make weight for fights; the weigh-in for BAMMA 7 was the sixth time in the previous 14 fights that Daley has failed to make weight. Due to Daley’s troubles with weight-cutting, two different matches against Derek Anderson at Bellator 163 and Bellator 247 were postponed.

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