Fight Record: 39-14-02
Fighting out of: Spirit Dojo, Nottingham, England
Height: 5’9″ / 175.26 cm
Weight: 171 lbs / 77.56 kg
Mixed martial arts accomplishments
Cage Rage Championships
Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship
Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship
2010 Knockout of the Year vs. Scott Smith on 4 December
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Knockout of the Night
2009 Newcomer of the Year
FX3 Welterweight Championship
2010 All-Violence Third Team
2014 Contender Promotions Kickboxing World Welterweight Champion
2008 King of The Ring World Muay Thai Welterweight Champion
King of The Ring European Muay Thai Champion
At the end of 2004, Daley was on a four-fight win streak, after picking up a TKO win over Jess Liaudin, Daley fought for the Cage Warriors Welterweight Championship against Abdul Mohamed. The fight ended in a draw after five rounds. Daley next fought veteran Paul Jenkins at Cage Rage 11 for the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship, a rematch of their fight at Cage Warriors 8 which ended in a knockout win for Daley. The two fought to a draw in the rematch.
After the back-to- back draws, Daley then compiled a record of 10-4- 2 and was coming off of a win over UFC veteran Dave Strasser before being offered another shot at the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship against Ross Mason which Daley won via majority decision, becoming the new Cage Rage British Welterweight Champion.
After defending his title twice and picking up a knockout win over Duane Ludwig in Strikeforce, Daley was set to make his third title defence in a title unification against Cage Rage World Welterweight Champion Mark Weir at Cage Rage 23. Daley won via second-round knockout, holding both holding both titles simultaneously.
In 2009 he made his UFC debut, winning his first 2 fights in impressive fashion.
Daley’s first fight was scheduled to be on the preliminary card of UFC 103 against Brian Foster, which was due to air on ESPN (UK), prior to the main card. However, on 4 September, it was announced that Paul Daley had agreed to step in for Mike Swick, who suffered an injury during training and was unable to fight top contender Martin Kampmann at UFC 103.
In his UFC debut, Daley put in an aggressive performance, defeating Kampmann via technical knockout due to a barrage of punches.
Daley was expected to face Carlos Condit on 2 January 2010 at UFC 108. But, due to injury to Condit was forced to pull out and was replaced by Dustin Hazelett.
Early in the fight Daley dropped Hazelett with a left hook, then followed up with additional punches on the ground knocking Hazelett out cold.
Daley was supposed to face Yuya Shirai for the BAMMA welterweight belt, but came in over the 170-pound limit for a title bout. The two still headlined the card, but it became a non-title fight. Daley dropped Shirai immediately with a jab, which was his first strike in the fight, and later he dropped him again with an uppercut and left hook before finishing the fight with vicious ground and pound.
Daley had two stints at Strikeforce. Following his win over Masvidal, Daley signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. Making his promotional debut against Scott Smith on 4 December 2010 at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II.
Daley won his Debut in emphatic fashion, as his opponent Smith charged forward, Daley connected with an overhand left hook, sending Smith unconscious face first into the canvas at 2:09 of round 1.
After his victory over Scott Smith, Daley received the title shot against Nick Diaz. In between his fights with Scott and Diaz at Strikeforce, Daley then headlined the BAMMA 5 event against Yuya Shirai at 170 lbs. Daley dropped Shirai with his first clean strike of the bout. Daley dropped his opponent again with a powerful uppercut and left hook combo, before finishing the fight with vicious ground and pound.
Daley also had high profile bouts against Tyron Woodley, and Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig, Semtex KO’s the latter in the 2nd round.
Daley’s last two Strikeforce bouts were nine months apart, and requested to leave the organisation, as he wanted to be more active. Not wanting to stand still, Daley sought out bouts in BAMMA a UK based MMA organisation due to the long wait in between fights in Strikeforce.
After Dailey faced Tyron Woodley in Strikeforce 30th July 2010, Daley went on to fight again just 6 weeks later in 10th September 2011, winning by decision at BAMMA against Jordan Radev.
Daley then requested to leave Strikeforce seeking more regular competition. A request which was met. Daley said, “I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so infrequently,” said Daley. “My whole career I’ve wanted to fight as often as possible as it keeps me in the best form and condition.
“I felt that I put on nothing but entertaining fights while at the organization. The KO’s of Ludwig and Scott Smith were some great memories for me, as well as the back and forth fight of the year I had with Nick Diaz. My manager has already started speaking to some promotions about my future today following the official release papers from Strikeforce, and I’m looking forward to the next part in my journey.”
“I am personally disappointed to see Paul leave Strikeforce,” added Alameddine. “He is without question one of the most charismatic personalities and talented MMA athletes to come out of the UK. We have parted ways with Strikeforce on good terms.
On 21 July 2014, Bellator MMA announced that they signed Paul Daley along with Melvin Manhoef.
The decision to sign Semtex was part of the Bellator President, Scott Coker’s mission, to bring the most entertaining fights possible to the organisation. And signed up the experienced Knock out artist Paul Semtex Daley to bolster the welterweight division.
Daley spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to speak about the move.
“After months of rumours about me returning to the States with large American promotions, I’ve finally sealed the deal,” Said Daley.
“I’m going to be returning to Bellator, working with Scott Coker. He’s a terrific guy. I’ve had some great fights while I was there with him at Strikeforce, and I’ll be headed back this year, smashing some heads, knocking some people out and coming for (Bellator welterweight champion) Douglas Lima.”
“Like always, I’m coming into Bellator to put on a show,” Daley said. “I loved working for Coker back in Strikeforce, and when I got the call to possibly come back to Bellator, it was a no-brainer. I feel great, I’m fresh, and I’m going after that belt.”
Daley re-joins Bellator after a dominating debut in 2012 with a first round knockout over Rudy Bears at Bellator 72. Daley is making a mark on the Welterweight Division. Daley went on to notch up a 5 fight win streak, finishing 4 out of 5 inside the distance.
At Bellator, 134, Daley was scheduled to face Douglas Lima. Due to injury, Lima was replaced by Andre Santos, a seasoned fighter from Rio de Janeiro with a 37-9 record. Daley went on to get a unanimous decision win against the experienced Brazilian.
Daley then faced Dennis Olson at Bellator 140. Semtex finished the fight with a series of unanswered blows. Dan Miragliotta stepped in to save Olson from further damage in the 2nd Round.
In his third fight for Bellator in less than a year, Daley faced Andy Uhrich in the main event at Bellator 148 on January 29, 2016. He won the fight via knockout due to a right uppercut two minutes into the first round.
Daley’s next fight was originally scheduled to be against old rival Josh Koscheck in a rematch at Bellator London as the co-main event on July 16, 2016. On June 6 Koscheck withdrew from the fight for undisclosed reasons and will be replaced in the bout by former Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima.
Daley’s last fight was for the Co-Main Event on Saturday 21st January 2017, against the hard hitting Brennan Ward at Bellator 170: Sonnen vs. Ortiz in Los Angeles California. Broadcast live on Spike TV available in 98.7 million homes.
Daley promised to end his fight with Brennan Ward in spectacular fashion, and the Englishman did not fail to deliver!
Daley’s opponent, Brennan is known for wanting to stand and trade shots, which is great matchup for Semtex! Both fighters are known for being heavy hitters, this fight promised to produce fireworks! Both fighters said pre-fight that they would stand and trade for the entirety of the bout.
On fight night, the pressure from Daley was too much for his opponent and forced Ward to go back on his word, shooting for a takedown after the opening striking exchange!
Daley evaded Ward’s pressure and grappling attempts, and that’s when the setup for the finish began. Daley stumbled Ward with his trademark left hook and caused him to back up away from the power strikes.
Daley set up the knockout blow with a spinning back elbow to clear the distance, once in range, ‘Semtex’ launched with a spectacular flying knee, knocking out ward on contact.
Daley’s highlight reel finish over Ward is surely a contender for knockout of the year. And should put Daley in line for a title shot for the welterweight strap!
Daley after the bout said, “I genuinely like the guy – I hope Brennan Ward is OK after this fight,” Daley said in his post-fight interview with Jimmy Smith. “I’m looking at everybody. Marquee names and champions.
We eagerly await the fight announcement to know who ‘Semtex’ will face next, immediately after the his Brutal Knockout of Ward, Daley called out former UFC title contender Rory MacDonald.
Another potential option would be a rematch with current Bellator welterweight champ Douglas Lima in July. Daley is now thought to be right one of the first names on the list for the next title fight!