Former UFC welterweight contender Paul Daley has officially signed for the Strikeforce promotion.
Strikeforce’s Mike Afromowitz confirmed to MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani that the controversial fighter has signed a multi-fight deal with the organization.
Daley made an instant impact in the UFC, producing first round KO wins over both Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett to put himself into a No.1 contender fight with Josh Koscheck earlier this year. He was easily outwrestled by Koscheck for the full three rounds however, and showed his frustration at the outcome by sucker-punching his opponent after the final bell.
That proved to be a costly mistake as Daley found himself thrown out of the UFC that very night due to his actions and UFC president Dana White vowed never to let him return.
Since then Daley has strung together two wins against Daniel Acacio and Jorge Masdival, and now finds himself signed to the UFC’s major rival Strikeforce where fights with the likes of current welterweight champion Nick Diaz may soon await.
His first fight for the promotion has still to be announced but rumors are already circulating that he may fight Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos later in the year.
In related news Daley’s last opponent Jorge Masdival has also signed a deal with Strikeforce after putting on an impressive showing against the Brit after moving up to 170lbs specifically for the fight.