Paul Daley returned from ‘retirement’ (a term I use in quotations unless it lasts longer than 3 years) this weekend to smash some dude at a Cage Warriors show in the UK. But things aren’t all kosher in Daley-land … it looks like there’s some serious beef brewing between him and ProElite:
“They’ve basically said if I fight it’s going to be in the hands of the legal team. I hope that I can work it out with Pro Elite, on a personal level they’re good people.”
“I tried to explain to them, this is a full-time job for me. I need to fight to get money, they did offer me to fight on Cage Rage on the same day, for a number of reasons I can’t list, I didn’t take that. On a personal level, I felt that I had already agreed to fight for Cage Warriors so that was what I was going to do.”
“They [Pro Elite] did offer me a fight on the July 26th card against Rory Markham, who we all know has signed with the UFC, so I thought it was a ploy to stop me fighting on Cage Warriors. I felt that if I had accepted the fight, they would have just cancelled on me.”
“A lot of other guys had fought twice in the same month for two different promotions, a non-Pro Elite and then a Pro Elite event – I said look, I’ll fight July 12th and I’ll fight July 26th, not a problem. I feel confident in this fight and all being well I would get out uninjured and with a victory and I’d fly straight to America. They didn’t want to hear any of that.”
“If I had been Nick Diaz, it wouldn’t have been a problem. The guy smokes weed, starts riots on TV, doesn’t make weight, fights whoever the fuck he wants, and there’s no problem there. It’s a bit of a piss-take really.”
Paul Daley isn’t the kind of person EliteXC wants to lose … he’s got the potential to be one of the biggest stars in the UK and a future contender at 170, regardless of the promotion he fights in.