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Old 01-03-2010, 07:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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White says Fitch or Koscheck likely next for Daley; "Semtex" wants Alves [UPDATED]

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LAS VEGAS British slugger Paul Daley (23-8-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took more than six years to make his way to the UFC, but he's certainly not wasting any time now.

With his second striking-fueled finish in as many trips to the octagon, Daley's knockout win over Dustin Hazelett in the co-main event of Saturday's UFC 108 event in Las Vegas has helped him climb the welterweight rankings in meteoric fashion.

And following the event, UFC president Dana White said he believes Daley is now ready for the division's top contenders.

"[Daley] burst onto the scene here, obviously, and has taken out two very tough guys," White said. "But you know who we're talking about at the top of that division.

"[Daley] is going to have to fight one of the top two contenders before we think about him fighting [current champ Georges St-Pierre]."

While it's countryman and Team Rough House teammate Dan Hardy who will next face St-Pierre, Daley could certainly find himself in title contention with another win over a top contender. With victories over Hazelett and Martin Kampmann already to Daley's credit, White said he believes "Semtex" has earned a shot at one of the 170-pound divisions top fighters, namely Jon Fitch (21-3 MMA, 11-1 UFC) or Josh Koscheck (14-4 MMA, 13-3 UFC).

White actually admitted he'd prefer those two American Kickboxing Academy fighters face each other, but he'll settle for Daley jumping between them.

"My big problem in this division right now is the two best guys out there are probably Koscheck and Fitch, and trying to get them to fight each other is a nightmare," White said. "I'd really like to see that fight, but we can put Daley against one of them and see what happens."

As for Daley, he's constantly contended he has no desire in hand-picking opponents. A fighter in every sense of the word, Daley lives by the "anybody, any time, any place" edict.

"I really don't mind," Daley said. "I'd like to fight Fitch or Koscheck just to prove that I've got improved takedown defense, and I have a ground game. This is stuff that I'm continually working on. I just haven't had a chance to display it because I keep knocking people out standing up.

"Fitch would be great, or Koscheck, but there's a (Thiago) Alves fight, (too). I've been fighting and knocking guys standing up, but I really haven't displayed my full array of standup skills, and I think a fight with Alves would be entertaining for the fans and I could show a little bit more standing up."

Fitch and Alves are rumored to meet at UFC 111 in March in New Jersey, so the likely scenario appears to be Daley vs. Koscheck sometime in the near future. And while the Brit appears to be on the verge of consideration as one of the welterweight division's best fighters, he says the UFC is ultimately responsible for issuing his orders.

"I'm just here to fight," Daley said. "Whatever happens, whatever the UFC wants to do to me, they do. I'm just here to fight."
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Anthony Johnson vs Paul Daley seems like a much better fight to me. First of all i think that would make for an amazing fight. Second i think if Daley wins that would give a much better set up for him to fight a top ranked guy such as Alves,Fitch,Kos and if Swick wins his next fight i think Swick can be added to that list. I think the winner of that fight should get a shot at GSP and i wanna add that i think Hyping up a fight with Daley and Kos after Daley beats Anthony would be a bit easier. If Anthony wins on the other hand then that means that Daley had no business being near a number 1 contender fight in the first place.

I also think after Swick beats Paulo Thiago and Hardy loses to GSP then Swick should get his rematch.
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I have said it before and i will say it again, you stand and trade with Daley, your going to get ktfo! I'd like to see him against Kos as Kos is a great wrestler and it will show us what sort of ground game Daley has (including tdd)
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I have said it before and i will say it again, you stand and trade with Daley, your going to get ktfo! I'd like to see him against Kos as Kos is a great wrestler and it will show us what sort of ground game Daley has (including tdd)
Yeah where have i heard that before...
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Im not too sure, where have you heard it before?
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fitch and kos would be tough fights for daley. daley probably matches up better against KOS as he's much more likely to trade with daley. i'd love to see koscheks big mouth get punched into oblivion, and daleys just the man to do it.
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I think kos will be the one to spoil the run of daley.
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I think Koscheck and Daley makes a lot of sense. It will establish Daley as a top contender as long as he has a good showing, he really doesn't have to win to prove himself. With the KO power he has, if he lasts and does well against Koscheck he will have proven himself, maybe not for a title shot right off the bat, but at least that he should remain at the top of the heap. On the other hand if he defeats Kos, the UFC has themselves another Brit to promote against GSP. Plus, assuming Hardy loses to GSP, Hardy will be set to fight Koscheck and end their little feud. The only way the UFC loses in the deal is if Koscheck just makes Daley look like a fool.

So simply put, this is the safest and most promotable scenerio for the UFC.
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Mmmm just do a little bit of searching on youtube. Half the fighters have said it and half the coaches have said it about their fighters. Then search through some forums and youl see half the members have also said it.
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After UFC 111 I would like to see

Kos - Hardy

Fitch - Daley

Alves - Johnson

GSP - Silva at 185.
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