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When Paul Daley heard that Bellator wanted him to fight Jon Fitch at Bellator 199 this Saturday, one thing went through his mind.

“I thought, ‘Finally, a fight that makes sense,’” Daley told MMAjunkie.

In case you couldn’t tell, Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) still isn’t too pleased with his present employer. After he butted heads with Bellator CEO Scott Coker back in March over a possible fight with Michael Page, Coker wrote it off as Daley being “emotional.”

According to Daley, the primary emotions he feels in regards to Bellator these days are anger and frustration. But it wasn’t always this way.

“I’ve had great times with Bellator,” Daley said. “I just don’t like the recent treatment of me. I’ve made it clear, and I will continue to make it clear through all the interviews – at the post-fight, at the pre-fight, during fight week – I ain’t happy with what you guys are doing. I can see through what you guys are doing.

“They’re playing me for an idiot, and I ain’t an idiot. Let’s just be done with all the bull(expletive). Let me fight, let me go, or you treat me like you want me to be here.”


For Daley, his treatment at the hands of Bellator seems to be the major sticking point. During a phone interview late last week, he complained of a lack of communication between himself and Bellator officials, as well as comments Coker has made in interviews that Daley seems to think were inaccurate or unfair.

“They don’t address me,” Daley said. “I’ve been in this sport for 15 years, and they don’t address me. The only time I speak to Scott Coker is on fight week. I don’t know the reason, but I’m sure other fighters, especially the AKA boys and the Americans, have more of an interaction with him. And there is no U.K. representative for Bellator, so no, there’s no one else for me to speak to.

“I just think that in itself is a bit disrespectful, that the boss of your promotion doesn’t speak to you but then goes and does an interview and says, ‘Paul says this and Paul says that. We offered Paul this and we offered him that.’ You ain’t offered me (expletive). You ain’t even spoke to me in person, Mr. Coker. So what the (expletive) is that? This is how I feel, and this is the attitude I’m going to take all the way up until fight night and after fight night.”


In the past, Coker has insisted that he has plenty of respect for Daley, but also didn’t seem surprised that the British slugger might feel disgruntled with management from time to time.

“It’s really interesting, because when I think of Paul Daley, I think of one of the most entertaining fighters I’ve ever been around,” Coker told MMAjunkie after Bellator 192 in January. “Some of the best fights in the history of (Strikeforce) were with Paul Daley. I love his fighting style – I’ve always loved him. When I came to Bellator, he was one of the first guys I reached out to. But Paul is very emotional, and Paul is Paul. I don’t take it personally.”


Daley, however, seems to take it all very personally, so much so that he said he plans to fight out the remaining two bouts on his Bellator contract. And when that’s finished?

“Then I’m done with all of MMA, especially Bellator,” Daley said.


As for what he might do with his life and his career then, Daley said he might return to kickboxing, where he would expect to “have nine fights in 12 months, and then I’ll be done with all fighting sports.”

If that sounds like a man who’s disillusioned and disappointed with the fighting life, maybe it is. At 35, Daley’s been competing in MMA and kickboxing for the last 15 years, and this isn’t the first time he’s found fault with how promoters have treated him.

“When your passion for training and preparing for a fight starts to dwindle, then it’s time to do something else,” Daley said. “I’m not saying I’m there yet, but I’m not really feeling MMA anymore. When I was on the free market and I was kickboxing, MMA kind of kept things interesting for me. … But sitting out for nine months doing nothing except bargaining for a fight or training just to train, that’s not my style.”
http://mmajunkie.com/2018/05/paul-daley-bellator-playing-me-for-an-idiot-and-i-aint-an-idiot

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He should have stopped fighting MMA years ago. He's a kickboxer, not an MMA fighter, never has been. Unless Bellator can sort out MVP vs Daley anyway, now that's a fight I'd watch.
 

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They tried to book that but Daley was the one who refused and instead they set up Daley against MacDonald and he may have tried to get that done. My guess is that Daley is scared of MVP considering the fact that he dented Cyborg's skull in. And I agree that he should've gone into kickboxing a while back but for some reason the man's drawn to MMA.
 

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He's now booked to fight MVP in the WW Grand Prix.

Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch

Paul Daley vs. Michael Page

Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov

Neiman Gracie vs. Ed Ruth

So Rory could lose the belt in the first round. Ed Ruth could be Champ after 8 MMA fights.
 

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He's now booked to fight MVP in the WW Grand Prix.

Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch

Paul Daley vs. Michael Page

Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov

Neiman Gracie vs. Ed Ruth

So Rory could lose the belt in the first round. Ed Ruth could be Champ after 8 MMA fights.
When will the fights of the first round happen¿
 

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I've been waiting for Page v Daley for ages.

I think Daley finishes him in the first.
 

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He's now booked to fight MVP in the WW Grand Prix.

Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch

Paul Daley vs. Michael Page

Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov

Neiman Gracie vs. Ed Ruth

So Rory could lose the belt in the first round. Ed Ruth could be Champ after 8 MMA fights.
Rory MacDonald vs Gegard Mousasi could be next.

Daley and MVP have been going back and forth forever.

Its surprising they haven't fought by now.

Daley @ 5'9 and MVP @ 6'3.

I wonder if Daley doesn't like the size and reach deficit.
 

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I find that match up between Paul Daley and MVP ironic considering the fact that Daley has been trying to avoid Page. Then he goes and complains about not getting respect or match ups despite the fact that he made a duck with Page. Now here he is finally facing the guy in order to get respect, and my guess is he avoided Page because of his denting Cyborg's face in.
 

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What are you on about? Paul Daley's never ducked anyone, he's been calling MVP out since September last year.
 
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