Paul Daley has today become the latest addition to Strikeforce’s 170lb roster. The deal, which was first reported by middleEasy.com, sees the controversial ex-UFC star put pen to paper on a six fight contract with the promotion.
Daley has fought for Strikeforce in the past, defeating Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig’ in 2007. In more recent times however he’s become better known for his fights in the UFC which saw him quickly rise to the upper reaches of the welterweight division after demolishing both Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett.
He then met Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 in May to decide GSP’s next title challenger. Daley was dominated for the full three rounds and to make matters worse he sucker-punched Koscheck after the final bell, a moment of madness that was to cost him his place on the UFC roster.
Since then Daley has settled into a familiar role of being an MMA mercenary for hire. He’s already chalked up a win over Daniel Acacio at Impact FC 2 in Australia last month, and was recently announced as being signed to fight at Shark Fights 13 in September, and rumored for a welterweight tournament in Holland later in the year.
Now it appears he’s decided to settle down and get some stability once again with the Strikeforce promotion, though it’s believed that his bout at Shark Fights may still go ahead.
It’s a good signing by Strikeforce with Daley being an exciting stand-up fighter who will slot nicely into the 170lb mix. It’s rumored that he is going to fight Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos in his first bout which should be an enjoyable stand-up war, and the potential of a title fight with Nick Diaz in the future is also a mouth-watering prospect.