Paul Daley today confirmed that he has now officially been released from the UFC, but the good news for the Brit is that he has plenty of offers on the table, and he’s not wasted any time in arranging his next fight.
“I am fighting on a pay-per-view show in Australia on July 3 with a lot of other big names, and I have other offers in the pipeline,” Daley tells MMAweekly.
(Note: He doesn’t mention the name of the promotion but it sounds like it could be the Impact MMA event that Josh Barnett is also set to fight on, though I was under the impression that was on the 10th of July.)
Beyond that event Daley has ambitions to fight for one of the more notable MMA promotions in 2010.
Of course there is still the likelihood that the fighter will be suspended for sucker-punching Josh Koscheck after the bell at last weekend’s UFC 113 event, but while they may suspend him in North America, it’s likely he’ll still be able to compete in other events around the globe.
“My plan is to string a couple of fights together before the end of the summer and hopefully get on one of the grand prix shows. We’re currently talking to both Dream and Sengoku about getting a slot on their shows and there are some really good fighters there I can match-up with.”
It’s a familiar scenario for Daley who fought at a high level for numerous promotions internationally before signing with the UFC.
His stand-up skills coupled with his current notoriety will ensure that he doesn’t run out of options any time soon and should be able to command a decent pay-check, but no doubt he’ll still be kicking himself for having blown his chance on the sports biggest stage due to one moment of madness.