Monday, May 14, 2018

Mixed martial arts is an odd sport in that for most fans striking is more exciting than wrestling, but a wrestler can generally control a striker of equal ability. For a striker like Paul Daley, that’s so maddening that after his boo-inducing loss on Saturday to Jon Fitch at Bellator 199, ‘Semtex’ says he wants to fight out his Bellator contract, and leave the sport.

Three figures involved each offered their opinion.

Paul Daley

“Boring fight,” he wrote on Facebook. “Good win for Fitch. He’s great at what he does. I couldn’t do what I do best. Same story. Wrestler wins, not an entertaining fight in my eyes. Props to Fitch.

“One more fight and I’m done I think… to enjoy the rest of the evening.

“Shout out to 50 Cent for the positive comments.”

Jon Fitch

“To me, they’re booing him because he’s not doing anything,” said Fitch to Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “I’m slugging away. I’m trying to do work, and this guy’s just holding on to my wrist and asking the ref to stand him up. Do something. Sweep me. Stand up. Do something. Don’t scream to the referee to stand you up. Do it yourself – it’s a fight.”

Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker


“My feelings have not changed,” said Coker. “That’s one of the most dynamic fighters that I have been associated with. … I love that guy. He will always have a seat here. He’s welcome here at Bellator. I actually think he has some more fights left [on his contract] than he thinks he might have. But I will sit down and talk to him when I get to London, and we’ll sort it out. I hope he’s here for a long time. Paul Daley brings it. I’ve never been disappointed.”