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Paul Daley Signs New Bellator Deal, Enters Welterweight Grand Prix

Paul Daley and Bellator MMA have agreed to terms on a new contract, clearing the way for the British knockout artist to enter the promotion’s welterweight grand prix.
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Jon Fitch is ready to ‘put some Big Ten’ on Paul Daley and his ‘no longer granite’ chin

Bellator 199 ‘Bader vs King Mo’ takes place May 12, 2018 at SAP Arena in San Jose, Calif. MMA Mania talks to Jon Fitch about making his Bellator debut against the explosive striking of Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley!

Bellator 199 “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place May 12, 2018 at SAP Arena in San Jose, California. Ryan Bader (24-5) takes on Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final first round bracket of the Heavyweight Grand Prix in the main event at the vaunted “Shark Tank.”

Earlier in the night a critical bout in the Welterweight division offers a promotional newcomer a chance to instantly jump to the top of the ladder. Jon Fitch (30-7-1, 1 NC) was the WSOF and PFL Welterweight champion before leaving both behind to sign with Bellator in March. There are no shortage of guys in line to face “Red King” Rory MacDonald, but Fitch’s name and reputation could shortcut him to the top with a very impressive win.

Paul Daley (40-15-2) has something to say about that. Every time “Semtex” fights there’s a strong possibility of a knockout. He’s got some of the heaviest hands this division has ever seen and even though both men had a past in UFC they’ve never crossed paths until right now.

Today MMA Mania talks to Fitch about leaving his last promotion to start over again in Bellator, what he thinks of Paul Daley as an opponent, and why he bailed out on “Sugar” Ray Sefo’s organization this year.

“I was dissatisfied with them not sticking to the contract. I was supposed to have guarantees in my contract about numbers of fights in a year, and time in between fights, and that was unsatisfactory for me to be waiting around. I also felt that I had beaten everybody of significance in the organization and (that) there was just greener pastures in Bellator.”

There’s little question it’s been too long for the now 40 year old Fitch to wait. His last bout was in June 2017 so that’s nearly a full year of inactivity for an elite level fighter.

“I asked them to either pay me the money owed for the fights that I didn’t get or to release me, and they chose to release me. You know it was a bit of a risk but I figured that I’d find a place in Bellator and I did so everything worked out.”

In the process Fitch vacated his WSOF/PFL title, not that he seems too broken up about it, especially given the prospect of a Daley fight looming just around the corner in San Jose.

“I feel great about the match up! You know Paul Daley comes to fight hard, he brings it, and I do best when guys bring the fight to me.”

Once place “Semtex” never brought it to him was UFC. Even though both men were in the organization between 2009 and 2010, for whatever reason that match never came to fruition.

“There were a lot of fights I think I should have had or could have had in UFC but they never put them together — I don’t know why. You know some of it could have been that Joe Silva always said I was one of the hardest guys to match up. No one ever wanted to fight me. People were always hurt or they wanted (to fight) somebody else.”

In 18 UFC fights Fitch went 14-3-1, with his only losses coming against Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks and Demian Maia. Fitch admits though that some folks may be sleeping on the “old man.”

“I think I’ve been around long enough to have built a name up for myself. I think a lot of guys see me as old, so uhh, they think I’m a little bit softer target now — which is a big mistake.”

That would be a mistake given that Fitch has won six of his last seven and four straight in a row. Even at 40 years old Fitch just may be coming into the prime years of a long and storied career.

“It’s not so much the age, it’s the number of years put in I think. You know not too many guys fight 16 years. Josh Thomson’s got me beat, he’s got 20 years in so, I know I’m still not that old.”

Daley may be five years younger than Fitch but he’s been in the fighting game just as long, racking up an astounding 57 MMA fights in that span plus 24 more in kickboxing. He’s also lost 15 MMA fights though so Fitch sees chinks in his armor.

“Yeah you’ve got two guys who definitely know how to fight and I think it’s going to turn into a great night. Man he’s definitely got power, he’s got long arms, but he doesn’t have a lot of other threats. His grappling defense isn’t great, and he doesn’t have a granite chin any more either. If you can sneak in some clean shots on him you can hurt him.”

In addition with Fitch’s 19 wins by decision he knows he can take tough opponents to the judges with his Purdue wrestling and AKA cardio.

“You know he comes to fight and I respect what he does, but I think I’ve got him outclassed as a fighter. I mean that’s generally what I do with everybody (in a fight), that’s what I try to do — see if they can sink or swim. Yeah I think it’s a good strategy to get in his face and put some Big Ten wrestling on him.”

While Fitch can’t afford to look past Daley and his prodigious punching power, he’s still got his eyes on the prize in the Welterweight division.

“I think if I have a really good performance it does (make me a contender). You know I’m coming off a little bit of a layoff, and I want to make sure that I’m ready for that too. Jumping from a three round fight to a five round fight, the training’s different, and I want to make sure that I’m ready to make a step up. My performance Saturday will be a big indicator of that for me.”

Tune in to Bellator 199 on May 12, 2018 to see if Jon Fitch can knock off Paul Daley and take that next step toward facing Rory MacDonald.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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Bellator 183 Results: Paul Daley Smokes Lorenz Larkin

If Paul Daley can’t go to the UFC (and you know why he can’t, thanks to punch Josh Koscheck after the bell), then the UFC will come to him. Such was the case at Bellator 183, with his opponent taking the form of Octagon refugee Lorenz Larkin. When Lorken transitioned to Bellator, he got an […]

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Bellator 183 Results: Paul Daley Smokes Lorenz Larkin

If Paul Daley can’t go to the UFC (and you know why he can’t, thanks to punch Josh Koscheck after the bell), then the UFC will come to him. Such was the case at Bellator 183, with his opponent taking the form of Octagon refugee Lorenz Larkin. When Lorken transitioned to Bellator, he got an […]

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Bellator 179 Results: MacDonald Taps Out Daley, Daley Attacks Michael Page in Crowd

When it became apparent that Rory MacDonald was never going to win the belt, the Canadian left the safe harbor of the UFC to try the untested waters of Bellator. Well, at Bellator 179 in London, UK, yesterday, MacDonald reminded us all that it doesn’t matter where the waters are, ’cause the shark is going […]

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Bellator 179: Paul Daley Looks To Validate Himself With A Win Over Rory MacDonald

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. When the this bout was first announced the initial reaction was that of pure excitement. While the modern day UFC execs want you to believe that there isn’t a possibility of exciting fights outside of the promotion. Paul Daley versus Rory MacDonald is example of just how crazy that thought process truly is. Each of these men bring something to the table to make this an immensely intriguing bout.

The style clash in this match is pretty intriguing. Where Rory MacDonald may have a more well rounded game, Paul Daley is the slugger that can put anyone out with a couple of well placed shots. Daley has always done well playing the aggressive counter striker, specifically when you consider the fact that he has dynamite in his fist. His kicks and knees are also incredibly destructive as many a victim as discovered. His most recent victim Brennan Ward had to learn the hard way that you either create distance and separate from Daley or face the crushing consequences.

Daley has the tools to win this fight, but it’s a matter of staying disciplined throughout. He can’t stay on the center line and expect to do work against MacDonald. Instead, he’s going to have to offer a moving target for the former UFC title challenger as to avoid being taken to the ground. His left hook to the head followed up with another to the body will help to keep MacDonald’s hands at home. A well placed cross or over hand right will also deter the Canadian from throwing out his jab recklessly. Leg kicks should also help, but he’ll need to set things up with either a jab or left hook as standing right in front of MacDonald is simply a recipe for disaster.

On the other hand you have Rory MacDonald who is much more of an all around technician. Rather than come into fights with go to weapons that makes him feared by the opposition, what really makes him such a danger fighter is his ability to game plan, search for weaknesses in his opponent’s game and attack it with calculated precision. MacDonald is the type of fighter that will find out exactly what you want to do, file it away for further study, then exploit that weakness as the bout carries on. Coming from TriStar you can expect nothing less. They tailor their game to their opponents. But you can always expect to see one element that remains constant. The jab.

Rory MacDonald is proficient at throwing the jab and should really am to use it against a striker the caliber of Daley. But rather than just use the jab as a range finder or set up, MacDonald needs to vary the way he utilizes the strike. Daley will likely look to counter off of the jab so full commitment in the first round should be saved for when MacDonald becomes used to the distance. He should use the jab as a range finder first, then as a set up, then as an actual snappy hurting punch. Rory should also utilize his kicking game as much as possible. MacDonald is more than likely going to be the man to initiate the wrestling game so he should be aiming to use kicks as much as possible, particularly the front snap kick that will both wind Daley and keep the slugger at bay.

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This will be one of the highest profile Bellator fights ever, particularly when you consider how highly touted Rory MacDonald is. This is a shining opportunity for Paul Daley to play spoiler and build his and Bellator’s brand. That alone makes this fight one to watch.

Who do you got?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Bellator 179 Results: MacDonald Taps Out Daley, Daley Attacks Michael Page in Crowd

When it became apparent that Rory MacDonald was never going to win the belt, the Canadian left the safe harbor of the UFC to try the untested waters of Bellator. Well, at Bellator 179 in London, UK, yesterday, MacDonald reminded us all that it doesn’t matter where the waters are, ’cause the shark is going […]

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Bellator 179 Results: MacDonald Taps Out Daley, Daley Attacks Michael Page in Crowd

When it became apparent that Rory MacDonald was never going to win the belt, the Canadian left the safe harbor of the UFC to try the untested waters of Bellator. Well, at Bellator 179 in London, UK, yesterday, MacDonald reminded us all that it doesn’t matter where the waters are, ’cause the shark is going […]

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Bellator 179: Paul Daley Looks To Validate Himself With A Win Over Rory MacDonald

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. When the this bout was first announced the initial reaction was that of pure excitement. While the modern day UFC execs want you to believe that there isn’t a possibility of exciting fights outside of the promotion. Paul Daley versus Rory MacDonald is example of just how crazy that thought process truly is. Each of these men bring something to the table to make this an immensely intriguing bout.

The style clash in this match is pretty intriguing. Where Rory MacDonald may have a more well rounded game, Paul Daley is the slugger that can put anyone out with a couple of well placed shots. Daley has always done well playing the aggressive counter striker, specifically when you consider the fact that he has dynamite in his fist. His kicks and knees are also incredibly destructive as many a victim as discovered. His most recent victim Brennan Ward had to learn the hard way that you either create distance and separate from Daley or face the crushing consequences.

Daley has the tools to win this fight, but it’s a matter of staying disciplined throughout. He can’t stay on the center line and expect to do work against MacDonald. Instead, he’s going to have to offer a moving target for the former UFC title challenger as to avoid being taken to the ground. His left hook to the head followed up with another to the body will help to keep MacDonald’s hands at home. A well placed cross or over hand right will also deter the Canadian from throwing out his jab recklessly. Leg kicks should also help, but he’ll need to set things up with either a jab or left hook as standing right in front of MacDonald is simply a recipe for disaster.

On the other hand you have Rory MacDonald who is much more of an all around technician. Rather than come into fights with go to weapons that makes him feared by the opposition, what really makes him such a danger fighter is his ability to game plan, search for weaknesses in his opponent’s game and attack it with calculated precision. MacDonald is the type of fighter that will find out exactly what you want to do, file it away for further study, then exploit that weakness as the bout carries on. Coming from TriStar you can expect nothing less. They tailor their game to their opponents. But you can always expect to see one element that remains constant. The jab.

Rory MacDonald is proficient at throwing the jab and should really am to use it against a striker the caliber of Daley. But rather than just use the jab as a range finder or set up, MacDonald needs to vary the way he utilizes the strike. Daley will likely look to counter off of the jab so full commitment in the first round should be saved for when MacDonald becomes used to the distance. He should use the jab as a range finder first, then as a set up, then as an actual snappy hurting punch. Rory should also utilize his kicking game as much as possible. MacDonald is more than likely going to be the man to initiate the wrestling game so he should be aiming to use kicks as much as possible, particularly the front snap kick that will both wind Daley and keep the slugger at bay.

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This will be one of the highest profile Bellator fights ever, particularly when you consider how highly touted Rory MacDonald is. This is a shining opportunity for Paul Daley to play spoiler and build his and Bellator’s brand. That alone makes this fight one to watch.

Who do you got?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Submission! Watch Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley full fight video highlights – Bellator 179

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald finally made good on his Bellator MMA billing last night (Fri., May 19, 2017) at Bellator 179 live on Spike TV from London, England. After a dominant first round chock-full of ground control and precise offense, MacDonald took English knockout artist Paul Daley to deep water and proceed to hold him under. After “Semtex” relinquished prime position on the ground to begin Round 2, MacDonald slid through and worked for the rear-naked choke finish.

The memorable finish can be seen above.

With this win, “Red King” is locked in to meet the winner of Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin for the welterweight championship. It has been a long time coming for the 27-year-old Canadian, but MacDonald looks primed to take over the 170-pound crop and outclass Bellator’s best.

For complete Bellator 179 results and coverage click here.

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