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Old 02-28-2008, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paul Daley Confirms Retirement

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With 12 TKO’s and a recent 5 fight win streak- all via TKO - British sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley was seen by many as the explosive and unstoppable force, ready to assert himself high atop the staggering welterweight hill, with his blinding speed, channeled aggression, and pin-point striking. After recently making his American debut at StrikeForce, June of last year, the 25 year old champion of both FX-3 and Cage-Rage Championships had quickly become possible heir to EliteXC’s welterweight title through quick victories over Duane “Bang” Ludwig, and Sam Morgan.

However, no one saw it coming when Daley ambiguously posted a comment on Cage Warrior’s website claiming that he would be retiring as of March 29th. This news was not at first confirmed by Daley or his representatives until FX-3 promote, Paul James, verified to Sherdog.com that Daley was indeed stepping down as multiple champion, and hanging up his gloves until further notice.

In his message, Daley stated that there would be, “No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i’ve found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows. ”

Semtex’s sudden quest for inner fulfillment comes at a shock for many fans as he was only [17-6-2] and steamrolling towards another championship at EliteXC. Already, rumors have begun circulating within U.K’s MMA community, raising doubts about Daley’s motivation towards the sport.

If lack of motivation is truly the point- which one is baffled by considering his recent tare through the division- then a leave of absence may truly be key to re-igniting the fire that once was un-tamable.

Daley declined any further comment regarding his decision after writing in a text message to Sherdog.com that, “he didn’t want to make a big deal of it“.

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It appears he has somewhat lost interest in the "sport" as he put it.

I don't know what to tell you, he was too good, it's sad to see him go.
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i smell a UFC signing. To me i think he stoped for lack of competion
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well he seemed set on his way to fighting Noons or something.

Plus, there was an interview with him saying he doesn't want to sign with UFC because of their exclusive contracts. He said something like "once you sign, you're theirs, you do what they want"
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fare enough. i was wrong
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This blows Daley is a fantastic MMA fighter who had a ton of potential at 170. I honestly thought he was at an equal level to Carlos Condit so to see him walk away is sad. Hopefully he comes back in a year or two refocused and whips some dudes asses again.
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thats pretty ****ed up. mayb hes on drugs or something lol because last time i knew he won like 6 straight fights in a row or something. how can u lose interest from that?? plus last time i heard he wanted to go after the elite xc title. hmmm somethings up
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Yeah it is a bit shady, but theres been talk about it because he emphasized on the word "sport" like it's meaning changed for him or something.

He also said he's not sure what martial arts means to him anymore and that once he figures out why he got in the biz the first time, he'll hopefully be back.

God damn man, Daley vs Noons/Condit/Sakurai would have killed!
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I'm gutted. real gutted. I just hope he comes back.
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In his message, Daley stated that there would be, “No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i’ve found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows. ”


Almost sounds like he is set to do the David Carradine/Kung-Fu wandering monk thing...
I hope he finds his way back before a years time; he seemed to just be coming into his prime...
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