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Paul Daley is … retiring???

Long time readers know I’m all over Paul Daley’s cock. He’s got it all … an exciting fighting style, the right attitude, and a totally hot girlfriend. He was also being groomed to be one of EliteXC’s main stars, with rumors of a title shot already swirling around him.

Unfortunately, it looks like none of that is going to be happening very soon any more. Because Paul Daley is apparently retiring at the ripe old age of 25:

This much is known. Paul fought in a Muay Thai fight on Sunday 24th in his hometown of Nottingham. He won, but sustained a broken hand. He didn’t turn up to pro training session at his home gym, the Bushido Academy this morning. Today at 2.30pm, he posted the following message.

“As of now I will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and world), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Further more I consider myself retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th I will fulfil my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet unnamed opponent.

“No speculation, No further announcements, once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in the Martial Arts, I may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months, maybe 6 years, who knows.”

Hywel Teague bemoans the fact in his blog that Daley decided to make the announcement on his own rather than through the standard journalistic channels (ie HIM). I can’t say I disagree to a certain extent, because if a decent reporter had been on the case, you know we’d have at least a bit more information regarding this strange turn of affairs than we do now. My bet is this is exactly why Daley decided to make his own statement – whatever’s going on in his head isn’t anything he wants to share.

(photo up there is by esther lin, go check out her stuff!)

  • Hattori Hanzo

    Zuffa conspiracy……
    Dana made him an offer he could’nt refuse.

  • Jackie Chiles

    This is terrible news. Daley is (was?) the real deal. There were so many awesome fights for him on the horizon.

  • JackalAss

    i thought he said nobody could fuck with his stand-up?

    Looks like he was wrong…

  • JackalAss

    Looks like I’ll be fuckin his girlfriend for now on…

    No way she’ll wanna be with a quiter!

  • Dru Down

    Tis is some serious bullshit. I’ve been riding Daley’s nuts for like 5 years, since the good old days of him pummeling unsuspecting limey pub brawlers in Cage Rage. I even had the pleasure of watching him KTFO of Bang Ludwig live at Strikeforce.

    Why is that awful shit seems to happen to my favorite fighters (who, by no coincidence also happen to be some of the gamest and most exciting figures in the sport.) Why the hell can’t we get a mystery retirement from Jake O’Brian, or Justin McCully, or some other boring POS?

  • Donk

    That’s weird because he got an invite to go and train with Ernesto Hoost and Manhoef. I don’t believe this.

  • Matt (but I signed up as Mr. Unbelievable Pants)

    once I’ve found the path I originally set out on in the Martial Arts, I may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months, maybe 6 years, who knows

    What the fuck kind of Bruce Lee shit is this? Come back, Daley! Do it for England!

  • JackalAss

    I think he’s going to go to boxing and make some real money.

  • Ashlee

    to the person saying i wont be with a quiter, grow up, paul could be a fighter, builder, plumber or unemployed i will always be by his side, im in love with paul not semtex. i hate people talking crap, he didnt break his hand and he isnt a quiter, soon you will find out.