Paul Daley is returning to American soil in order to continue his mixed martial arts career, but it is not with the organization you may think.
Although Daley has been campaigning for a return to the UFC, Dana White has stayed firm on not letting Daley return due to his actions post-fight against Josh Koscheck in 2010. That night, Koscheck grinded out a decision against Daley, and once the final bell rung, Daley sucker punched Koscheck. Dana White promised to never allow Daley to fight in the UFC after the incident, and has stayed true to that promise four years later.
With UFC not being an option, Daley has decided to return to Bellator. Daley announced his return to the organization, now run by Scott Coker, on the MMA Hour today.
Daley fought once for Bellator, knocking out Rudy Bears in 2012. Visa issues halted Daley’s career in Bellator as he moved on to fight in multiple organizations overseas. Daley also dabbled in kickboxing, winning four straight fights this year by way of TKO.
Now Daley once again teams up with former StrikeForce CEO Scott Coker in Bellator in hopes of making big fights and ultimately becoming the champion.
As of now there is no word on when Daley will make his return to the cage, but you can expect to see him fight for Bellator before year’s end. With tournaments likely falling on their wayside, one or two big wins for Daley would likely garner him a title shot against Bellator champion Douglas Lima.