Veteran knockout ace, Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has confirmed that he plans to call time on his fighting career definitively following an appearance at a Bellator London event expected to take place on May 13.
Daley, a 19-year professional veteran last featured in June of last year at Bellator 260, suffering a one-sided unanimous decision loss against wrestling standout and surging contender, Jason Jackson over the course of three rounds.
The loss snapped a run of three straight wins for Daley, who had stopped Sabah Homasi, Saad Awad with strikes, after besting Erick Silva with a unanimous decision win.
Expected to feature on the upcoming May 13. Bellator London card, Daley confirmed in an appearance on The MMA Hour this week that he would be hanging up his gloves for good following the culmination of that event.
“It will be my retirement fight,” Paul Daley said. “After many years in the game, the hours on the road, hours in the gym, the years have caught up with me and now every morning I wake up with a bad back, and I’m just tired.”
“I’ve put in a lot of time in the sport and I’m in a position to retire, fortunately,” Paul Daley explained. “So yeah, I’m going to retire. I don’t want to be one of those fighters who’s getting knocked out all the time by the younger guys. I want to be a guy who goes out when I want to go out.”
Whilst an opponent has yet to be announced from the 38-year-old, Daley’s final mixed martial arts foray, the Nottingham knockout artist has confirmed that the May 13. event will definitely mark his final outing, despite previously flirting with a retirement before his afotenoted knockout win over Homasi.
“(Sabah) Homasi was going to be my last fight, but Bellator wanted to put it in America, and I don’t think the U.K. at the time were allowing shows (amid the COVID-19 pandemic), people to travel over for productions to produce a show over here. So yeah, that was going to be my last fight. Then they (Bellator) offered Jason Jackson with title implications, so then I took that fight, and then that didn’t go my way, so I owe to my fans, my family, to have this last fight over here in the U.K.”
During his storied, illustrious career, Daley, who is recognised as one of the most formidable knockout artists in the history of the sport, has managed notable professional wins over the likes of Daniel Weichel, Duane Ludwig, Martin Kampmann, Jorge Masvidal, Scott Smith, Rudy Bears, Brennan Ward, and Lorenz Larkin to name a few. Daley has also competed under the banners of BAMMA, Cage Warriors, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, UFC, EliteXC, Cage Rage, KOTC, and Pancrase.
Daley also admitted that the thought of finally hanging up his gloves has followed him for some time, and cited his treatment under the Bellator banner for the reason why he is now in the position to call time on his career, “comfortably”.
“I’ve been planning for (retirement) for a long time,” Paul Daley said. “I’ve had a lot of fights. Bellator has treated me well while I’ve been here. So I put things in place so that when I do call it a day, I can do so comfortably.”