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Old 01-14-2010, 03:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Daley: I'll never fight my mate Dan

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PAUL "Semtex" Daley has ruled out any chance of fighting fellow Nottingham star Dan Hardy in the UFC.

Hardy tackles welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for the title in late March and Daley is on course to challenge the winner.

"It's not going to happen. Never," said Daley.

"Dan and I train together and have been best mates for eight years. No way do I want to fight him. And Dan feels the same way.

"I will fight anyone the UFC put in front of me – but not Dan. What would be the point?"

Daley feels he has proved his critics wrong following his sensational knock-out win over Dustin Hazelett in Las Vegas.

"Some members of the Press said there was no way I would ever get into the UFC, but I knew I would one day," he said.

"I've now beaten two of the top Americans and been rewarded with a new six-fight deal. So I feel I've proved my detractors wrong."

Daley was going to treat himself to a week off when he got back home to Nottingham, but was soon back in action at Liberty's gym.

"I was bored stiff," said Daley. "I could not handle hanging around with nothing to do. I've had a great start to life in the UFC but I'm not getting carried away.

"I'm still on a learning curve.

"Hazelett was highly-rated but I knew I could beat him after I saw fear in his eyes. When he asked for a drink just before the fight started I knew his mouth was dry and that he was scared. He didn't seem to know what to do."

Daley is hoping that his next fight – probably against Josh Koscheck – will be in Nottingham.

"That would be brilliant," he said. "I don't mind if it is John Fitch or Koscheck, as long as it is in England. That would be awesome.

"There may be a show in Abu Dhabi, but I don't want to fight there. But I have been invited to go on a promotional trip to Australia next month and I'm really looking forward to that."

Daley will again use boxing coach Tony Laing in the build-up to his possible fight with Koscheck.

Daley says Laing, younger brother of former British star Kirkland, made a valuable contribution to his sensational knock-out win over Hazelett.

"I had four weeks with Tony ahead of the Hazelett fight and he was brilliant," added Daley. "He was there at 7am and was never late once. I will definitely use him again."

Daley says he will prepare for his next fight in exactly the same way – training for four weeks in Nottingham and then re-locating to Holland.

"I hope it is Koscheck next but he has been injured, so it might be John Fitch," said Daley.

"I wont be thinking too much about it until I definitely know who it is."

Koscheck was back in the gym for the first time this week after picking up an injury which kept him out of a UFC 109 rematch with Paulo Thiago.

There has already been some "needle" between Daley and Koschek.

And the Nottingham fighter has already begun the mind games. His recent reference to Koscheck being 'fraggle-haired' prompted photoshop pictures of Koscheck as a Fraggle, one of the Jim Henson puppet characters from the old television series Fraggle Rock.

"It's a bit of a laugh. The fans love it," added Daley.
Right... Ive had it up to here with this shit. The UFC needs to get involved and stop this gym loyalty thing that's becoming far to common. Although, I do remember another interview with Hardy where he clearly stated he had no problems fighting team members as he punches them in the face every day anyway. Could it be that Daley isnt confident he can beat Dan?

Also sounds like it wont be Koscheck next. Daley vs Fitch would suit me fine. Time to see what this boy is made of.

I want to see some of the photoshopped Koscheck-fraggle pics!! Anybody know where they are?
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's too bad really, Daley vs Hardy would be a freakin great fight! I don't even know who'd win, probably Daley but you could never be sure.
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Well at least we don't have to worry about this relationship getting in the way of future championship bouts.
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There is no other sport in the world I can think of where "friends" refuse to compete. There's is no boxer on this planet who wouldn't fight his "friend" for a belt. I hate it.

For all the focus on the violence and crudeness of MMA by the anti-MMA establishment, its shit like the above that makes the UFC look more unprofessional than anything else.

Not to mention the legalities of a betting sport having so many competitors ( if they can call themselves that ) being buddies and actually affecting match-up decisions... in a one-to-one sport!

This is not good gentlemen and ladiemen. Its not "sport". It's bullshit. If left unchecked it'll lead to friends giving half-arsed performances which will lead to betting corruption quicker than you can say "we wont knock each other out"

EDIT. Thats 5 WW's, 5 LHW's and 2 HW's that have now made "no fight" rules. All top rankers. How is that right?
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There is no other sport in the world I can think of where "friends" refuse to compete. There's is no boxer on this planet who wouldn't fight his "friend" for a belt. I hate it.

For all the focus on the violence and crudeness of MMA by the anti-MMA establishment, its shit like the above that makes the UFC look more unprofessional than anything else.

Not to mention the legalities of a betting sport having so many competitors ( if they can call themselves that ) being buddies and actually affecting match-up decisions... in a one-to-one sport!

This is not good gentlemen and ladiemen. Its not "sport". It's bullshit. If left unchecked it'll lead to friends giving half-arsed performances which will lead to betting corruption quicker than you can say "we wont knock each other out"

EDIT. Thats 5 WW's, 5 LHW's and 2 HW's that have now made "no fight" rules. All top rankers. How is that right?
So your saying you would beat the living shit out of your best friend and give him a concussion for money? I couldn't do it.
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So your saying you would beat the living shit out of your best friend and give him a concussion for money? I couldn't do it.
You make it sound like they are going into a back alley and fighting for money, they are professional athletes and should show a degree of professionalism, this is their job. They are paid to fight and entertain viewers and the fact the people who pay good money to watch this are missing out on possibly excellent fights because of this loyalty kinda blows.

You see fighters touch gloves before a fight-do their business then hug at the end, why not with a friend?
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So your saying you would beat the living shit out of your best friend and give him a concussion for money? I couldn't do it.
Thats so out of context dude! I see your point but being serious... no I wouldn't smash my mate up for money. You know why? Cause we dont fight for a living! If I was a fighter I would. Like I said before, boxers seem to have no trouble. they have that whole, "im on my own" thing going on. They know there's no point becoming close and sparing with the same dude for 8 fecking years! Its bad for business.
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When 2 professional athletes openly state they wont compete against each other because they are friends it really boils my piss, its a sport and if you want to be a competitor then you should be willing to take on anyone.

Just like A.Sliva and Machida, I find this argument not to fight an opponent completely unjustified, its not like they have to fall out in the local pub and start brawling with each other, its the sport they both make a decent living from.

If the natural course of events means that 2 fighters have to face each other because they are the even matched competitors creating a fight to see who deserve to move up to bigger and better opponents, who should have the title shot, or if you are the Champ and your best friend is the number one contender, then it should not matter best friend or not they should fight, in fact facing a situation like this if I where Dana White I would say "**** That" you are going to fight or forfeit the UFC.

Its like if a footballer playing for Man Utd said he wont play against Chelsea because he supports them, would love to see what Alex Ferguson or any football manager would have to say about that, its completely BULL SHIT
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Thats so out of context dude! I see your point but being serious... no I wouldn't smash my mate up for money. You know why? Cause we dont fight for a living! If I was a fighter I would. Like I said before, boxers seem to have no trouble. they have that whole, "im on my own" thing going on. They know there's no point becoming close and sparing with the same dude for 8 fecking years! Its bad for business.
I understand your point completely, and when it comes to fighting for titles I hate to see it happen, but I train with some close friends and I'd never fight them for any amount of money or title, so I understand their perspective as well. They are fighters and this is a sport, but if you're willing to go against yourself and fight your friends, you're not doing what you love for yourself.
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