Paul Daley required a late siege on his game opponent Jorge Masdival to ensure a victory on the judges scorecards last night. After the fight the often controversial fighter admitted that it had been a closely fought encounter.
“I thought I got the first, and he got the second, and my corner thought the same thing,” Daley told MMAJunkie after the fight. “They sat me down, and they said, ‘Look, you’ve got to go in this round. It’s 1-1. You’ve got to push the pace.’ I think that’s what I did, and I think that’s why I won the fight.”
Despite his renowned striking skills it ended up being a takedown that sealed the third round for the UK fighter.
“I know people don’t expect me to take them down, so I thought it was a real close fight. I thought I’d close the distance and try something. It worked out, so that’s cool.”
Masdival made the former UFC contender work hard for his victory though, mixing up good defensive boxing skills with takedowns, and Daley was only to willing to give him credit for his performance.
“Maybe I entered the fight thinking no [155-pounder] was going to be able to take my punches, but he took them. He put on a good fight. He had a great gameplan, and he made me work for the win. It was a close fight.”
With Dana White apparently firmly shutting the door closed on a return to the UFC, Daley is now leading the life of a fighting mercenary, competing wherever he’s wanted, and it seems he’d be more than happy to return to the scene of his latest victory.
“Hopefully I’ll come back here and fight again. Maybe there will be a belt involved. Maybe some more money.”
Shark Fights put on a good show, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to return for a second showing in Amarillo at some stage, but if he has a desire to fight for a title then he should surely be setting his sights on Strikeforce’s welterweight division where blockbuster fights with the likes of current champion Nick Diaz await.