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  • 01-03-2013, 10:40 PM
    Sakara=Excitement
    Paul Daley says Marcus Davis turned down fight, still looking for an opponent despite Bellator objections - Bloody Elbow

    Paul Daley has been planning on a fight in Ireland since he ran into Visa problems after an arrest for assault preventing him from flying to America to participate in the Bellator welterweight tournament. Despite Daley being "booked" on the Cage Contender XVI card, Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney made it very clear to Bloody Elbow that they have not cleared him to fight outside of the promotion, saying "There's a regimented process with paperwork and approvals and the like. We're worldwide exclusive promoters, and we're trying to work through it, and I'm hoping we can get something done, but that remains to be seen."

    Regardless, Daley was on Facebook earlier today, still looking for ideas for an opponent for the Cage Contender card:

    Since Marcus Davis has declined to fight me, Who would you guys like to see me fight? The promoters are securing an opponent...but as a lot of people seem scared to fight me, its always good to have some back up ideas.
    Given that Rebney is saying he isn't cleared to fight anywhere else and stressing the 'worldwide exclusive' aspect of Daley's contract, it seems like things could potentially get ugly quickly.
  • 01-03-2013, 10:39 PM
    Sakara=Excitement
    Bjorn Rebney says Paul Daley is not approved to fight outside of Bellator contract currently - Bloody Elbow

    Paul Daley

    I haven't seen anything that Paul has said or written, but we obviously have high hopes for Paul. I mean, we put him in the voting for the fight competition, we flew him down to Orlando for a very elaborate, four day photo shoot that was for our partners at Spike, we flew him to the US for exposure and to introduce him to US consumers, we gave him a signing bonus ... we've done a lot of things to show Paul how committed we are, and we think he's a very fun fighter to watch.

    Unfortunately, Paul was arrested and charged with criminal assault in the UK. That arrest and charge and pending trial legally prohibits him from entering the United States. That action on Paul's part has made it impossible for us to include him in the tournament. He's scheduled to stand trial in April, and our hope, for Paul's sake, is that the trial goes well and that he doesn't have to spend time incarcerated.

    With that in mind, we're currently trying to work through a structure that might allow him to fight outside our contract. We're not doing shows in the UK and he'd like to fight. We've done it with Eddie (Alvarez) and I think Hector (Lombard) fought outside our agreement five times. We're trying to make that work, but there's a process that we have to go through. There's a regimented process with paperwork and approvals and the like. We're worldwide exclusive promoters, and we're trying to work through it, and I'm hoping we can get something done, but that remains to be seen.

    By no means is it official yet. Like I said, there's a process here, and over a dozen of our fighters have followed it and fought outside their agreements successfully. That process has yet to be followed here, and there's nothing official. We'll wait and see. If we can get it done to our satisfaction, we'll allow it to happen, and if we can't, then we won't. For the time being, nothing has been approved. If the process that we've laid out is followed, I think a fight for him could occur, but until that happens, he's in a hold mode, and we'll see what happens.
  • 01-02-2013, 11:13 PM
    TheGoose
    not sure who they will sign, but will probably be an ex UFC guy
  • 01-02-2013, 11:00 PM
    Dan
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoose View Post
    Marcus Davis turned down to fight him Feb 23rd at Cage Contender.
    Good move on Davis' part. Daley's superior athleticism, speed, size, punching power and technical abilities (on the feet at least) make this a horrible matchup for Davis.
  • 01-02-2013, 10:50 PM
    TheGoose
    The fight was to be at 170lbs Davis agreed to it then when contracts were drafted he pulled out.

    He mustn't like fighting in Ireland got Knocked out there earlier this year.
  • 01-02-2013, 10:42 PM
    Sakara=Excitement
    Is Davis back at 170?
  • 01-02-2013, 10:41 PM
    TheGoose
    Marcus Davis turned down to fight him Feb 23rd at Cage Contender.
  • 01-02-2013, 08:23 PM
    Sakara=Excitement

    Paul Daley Receives Approval from Bellator to Fight While Waiting for Visa Approval

    Paul Daley Receives Approval from Bellator to Fight While Waiting for Visa Approval | MMAWeekly.com

    Paul “Semtex” Daley is still sorting out his visa issues that will prevent him from competing in the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament, but he plans on staying active while he awaits word on his ability to travel back to the United States.

    Last week, Daley wasn’t sure that was going to be possible however when he announced that Bellator was blocking him from fighting at home in the United Kingdom while he was dealing with the visa problems.

    Now it appears all sides have come to an agreement and Daley will be allowed to fight outside of Bellator while he works to clear his visa to return to the United States.

    Daley spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday night where he announced that he would be returning to action on Feb 23 in Ireland, and has plans in place to stay busy for every month he’s out of action for Bellator until he can return.

    “I will be fighting in Ireland Feb. 23, I plan to fight every month up until my visa decision in late April,” Daley said.
    Daley will headline the upcoming Cage Contender card in Ireland, although no opponent has been named yet for his main event fight. It took a little bit of time for Daley to receive his clearance from Bellator to allow him to compete, but now they have given him permission and he’s just waiting on an opponent for final approval.

    “We’re going after various opponents right now, but as usual a lot of fighters are running scared,” said Daley.

    “We have approval from Bellator, we just need an opponent to be “ok’d”.”
    Daley last fought in July 2012 when he defeated Rudy Bears by TKO in the first round in his Bellator Fighting Championships debut.

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