By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
As everyone has heard by now, Bellator Fighting Championships represenatives have gone on record in the media denying the rumors that Paul Daley had signed to fight in the proposed eight-man welterweight tournament in an upcoming Bellator season, and that Daley remains a free agent.
According to a report on the MMAJunkie.com website, negotiations between Daley and Bellator are not over and done with just yet. An anonymous source close to Daley told the folks at MMAJunkie, in regards to the status of Daley and Bellator, “it's still a possibility he signs with Bellator. It's hard to say if it'll happen, but there's a possibility.”
Daley has yet to find a new home, nor clocked in a day of work in a MMA ring of cage since the incident that cost him his seemingly bright future in the biggest MMA promotion in the game today.
Daley ended his relationship with the UFC forever (according to Dana White's lifetime ban of Paul Daley in the UFC) back in May when he punched opponent Josh Koscheck in the face after their fight was over at UFC 113 in Montreal. It was a fight that Daley lost via unanimous decision after three uneventful rounds. Well, uneventful outside of some controversy over a phantom illegal blow from Daley to a downed Koscheck, which produced a slow-mo highlight clip that will live in infamy.
So while Daley has yet to find a new home, or put on his work gloves since that fateful May 8, 2010 night, he will finally dust off those work gloves in a fight for the new Impact FC promotion next weekend in a show that will air on pay-per view. Their first show (results available here) featured, among others: Josh Barnett, Karo Parisyan, Carlos Newton, Sokoudjou and Jeff Monson.
On their second show this coming Sunday, July 18th in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Daley (23-9-2) will fight Daniel Acacio (21-9) in a card at the Sydney Entertainment Centre that includes other noteworthy fights such as: Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo, Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang, Bob Sapp vs. Soa Palelei, Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Jeremy May. Daley's booking on the Impact FC 2 card is a one-fight deal.