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K-1 Signs Former UFC Fighter Paul Daley

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Paul Daley

Today we got word from K-1 Global that they were going to be announcing a huge signing. As we saw in the past with their signing of Buakaw Banchamek, when they say that they've signed someone big, they usually mean it. This time was no different, as they announced today that former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Paul Daley. Paul Daley has been focusing on Kickboxing thus far in 2014, with three Kickboxing fights and three knockouts under his belt.

These knockouts aren't just against local boys, either. Two of those knockouts are against big names in Kickboxing, one was Alexander Stetsurenko, the other against Alexander Surzkho at LEGEND 3: Pour Homme. So needless to say, this guy has looked super impressive in Kickboxing and there has been a lot of speculation about him making the move into either K-1 or GLORY. This is a huge win for K-1 in this case, because Paul Daley has chosen to go with the most recognized name in the sport of Kickboxing by the way of K-1.

Daley will be fighting at 80kg (about 176lbs) and will make his debut for K-1 in their July outing in Thailand, which will be the K-1 World MAX Finals featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl. Paul Daley will be fighting next on April 25th in Slovenia at FFC12 against Miran Fabjan.

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Paul Daley Talks Maturity, Signing with K-1 and More

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Paul Daley

Paul Daley is a name that anyone who follows combat sports should not only know, but know well. He has been a controversial figure in his time, with is release from the UFC a thing of lore now for most fans, but in the following years he has been on an interesting journey that has taken him back to the start and then all around the world. In 2014 Paul Daley has taken a keen interest in the sport of Kickboxing again, picking up some incredibly big wins before the shocking announcement came out earlier this week that Daley had signed with K-1 Global, making his debut in July at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand.

The first question, of course, was what led him back to Kickboxing; “I was keen to keep busy fighting,” he said. “And with not many MMA shows happening in the early half of the year I decided to try kickboxing, just to see what I was now capable of in the sport.”

Try he did. His success was without question, with three knockouts in the beginning of 2014, two of which against noted talents Alexander Stetsurenko and Alexander Surzkho. It almost seemed like a natural fit for Daley to return to Kickboxing and to pursue a career within the sport, with him being one of the most feared strikers in the world of MMA. For Daley it was almost a no-brainer for him to head back to Kickboxing.

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Paul Daley Knocks Out Alexander Stetsurenko in Ireland

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Paul Daley

You could make a pretty good argument for Paul Daley to turn some heads within the GLORY organization with this weekend's bout with one of the top Welterweights within the organization at Siam Warriors in Cork, Ireland. It was Paul Daley's second Muay Thai/Kickboxing bout of the year and his second win, but this one is pretty huge as it was over #3 ranked (in GLORY) Alexander Stetsurenko in just fifteen seconds, which is a huge, huge win.

I'm not sure that it'll be enough for GLORY to overlook his inability to fight in the United States at the moment, but he'd make for a solid attraction for European events, right? ZProphet has the video.

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Weekend Results: Paul Daley KO's Fabjan at FFC 12

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FFC

This weekend saw Paul Daley in action after announcing that he had signed with K-1 earlier in the week. Daley was continuing in his quest to fight the best in the world by fighting Miran Fabjan, defintely not a slouch by any standards, in fact, quite a talented guy. He was able to put Fabjan down and out in the second round, although Fabjan admitted after the fight that he was in need of surgery, which he would be delaying until after this fight.

The results below are provided by FFC.

  • MMA:
  • Dion Starring def. Tomaž Simonič - submission (americana), 1st round, 2:55
  • Viktor Halmi def. Primož Vrbinc – TKO, 2nd round, 2:00
  • Bor Bratovž def. Giorgi Ivanov - submission 1st round (1:45)
  • Ivica Trušćek def. Michael Pfunder – submission, 1st round (3:21)
  • Antun Račić def. Zoltan Turi – submission, 1st round (4:45)
  • Luka Jelčić def. Krasimir Georgiev - KO (ground n' pound), 1st round (2:20)
  • KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley def. Miran Fabjan – KO, 2nd round
  • Teo Mikelić def. Mirko Vorkapić - TKO, 1st round
  • Denis Chorchyp def. Darian Paladin – unanimous decision
  • Samo Petje def. Kevin Hesseling - KO, 1st round
  • Elmir Mehić def. Rok Štrucl - KO, 2nd round
  • Mladen Kujundžić def. Dženan Poturak - KO , 1st round

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Bellator Embraces Kickboxing by Signing Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

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When we said that Scott Coker joining Bellator would be a good thing for the sport of kickboxing we weren't lying. In fact, Scott Coker's involvement with the sport of MMA again only opens the door to more good things down the line. Fans have already been clamoring for GLORY and Bellator crossovers, which might not happen just yet, but we know that there have been some very unofficial talks between the two parties. There has at least been a dialogue. 

So the start of it, in some form, has come. Today Bellator announced the signing of two Kickboxing talents who also have made their names in MMA by the way of Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef. Paul Daley has been fighting in kickboxing throughout 2014 and the man is just an animal, with it being announced that he signed to K-1 a few months ago, although he has yet to fight for the promotion. The other signing in Melvin Manhoef doesn't have to be explained. Manhoef was just involved in GLORY's Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament and has a long, rich history from K-1 and MMA. 

Interestingly enough, in the original release from Bellator the name K-1 was mentioned in regards to Melvin, but not GLORY.

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final Card for Oct. 11th in Pattaya

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On October 11th in Pattaya, Thailand, K-1 will present their K-1 World MAX Finals event. The event will crown a K-1 World MAX Champion, who will serve as K-1's king of the 70kg division and defend the title in the coming years. The tournament began last year with a strong group of sixteen fighters from across the world before coming down to two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek and German up-and-comer Enriko Kehl. Kehl will be facing Buakaw for a second time now, the first fight happening in December and Banchamek getting the better of him in Thai rules. 

The show also features the debut of Paul "Semtex" Daley, best known for his runs in UFC and Bellator, but who has made a huge impact on the kickboxing world this year with four huge KO wins over top competition. This is one of the better K-1 cards that we've seen in a while and should be pretty exciting.

K-1 World MAX Final: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl
Paul “Semtex” Daley vs. Mohammad Ghaedibardeh
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Dennis Puric
Andrei Kubelin vs. Lee Sung Hyun
Maximo Suarez vs. Tural Bayramov
Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Li Yankun
Artem Pashporin vs. Petmongkol Thor. Thesputin
Xei Lei vs. Yoshimoto

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Paul Daley's K-1 Debut Happening on October 4th

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UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Daley has been in the news this past week after it was announced that Scott Coker has resigned the British fighter to Bellator, hoping that he'll make his debut in the near future. K-1 fires back by announcing Paul Daley's K-1 debut fight will happen on October 4th at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand. The event is headlined by the Buakaw vs. Kehl rematch for the K-1 MAX title (which we are told will be defended on its own, outside of tournaments in the future), but will also see the debut of Paul Daley.

Daley is 4-0 this year alone in kickboxing since he's returned, leading to there being a lot of hype behind his K-1 debut. His opponent has been announced as Mohammad Ghaedibardeh and the fight will be at 80kg. 

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Miran Fabjan vs. Paul Daley at FFC 12 This Friday

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Paul Daley (C) Fight Channel

On Friday Final Fight Championships 12 (FFC 12) will go down in Slovenia. The main event of the evening features recently-signed by K-1 fighter Paul "Semtex" Daley against Miran Fabjan. There were heated words from Daley and Fabjan at each other in the lead up to the event at the official press conference.

"Of course, I watch footage of all my opponents and I was kind of familiar with Miran because he fought one of the guys I fought earlier this year... Alexander Stetsurenko, something like that. Tough Russian guy. Doesn't matter what his name was 'cuz je got knocked out in thirty seconds“, said Daley.

"They call him (Miran Fabjan) the Slovenian Rocky. Rocky is a movie. This is reality. Friday you gonna see what will happen. Friday is reality! No film! No Adrian! Rocky, this ain't a film! This is reality and you will find that out! Trust me. Slovenian Rocky in not a good name to have. Rocky always get f*** up.“, Paul Said.

Miran replied: "He said he doesn't mind taking punches, but I saw the video. He's a really good fighter in attacking mode, but when you get punched in the face, you don't like it! I saw it! When you hit me, I do not care!“

Paul added: "He (Miran) could not beat any of the guys I spar with! You're not even better than my sparring partners! You're not even better than my students! How about that?! You're no better than my students! You're gonna look like an amateur Friday!“

  • FFC 12 MMA
  • Dion Staring (111,7 kg) VS Tomaž Simonič (109,5 kg)
  • Primož Vrbinc (77,5 kg) VS Viktor Halmi (76,8 kg)
  • Bor Bratovž (84,5 kg) VS David Zawada (-)
  • Ivica Trušček (70,3 kg) VS Oleg Bagov (-)
  • Antun Račić (66,5 kg) VS Zoltan Turi (66,4 kg)
  • Luka Jelčić (70,3 kg) VS Valentin Nikolov (-)
  • FFC 12 KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley (80,5 kg) VS Miran Fabjan (81,5 kg)
  • Mirko Vorkapić (70,6 kg) VS Teo Mikelić (71,1 kg)
  • Denis Chorchyp (88,9 kg) VS Darian Paladin (89,1 kg)
  • Samo Petje (70,5 kg) VS Kevin Hesseling (71,1 kg)
  • Rok Štrucl (109,9 kg) VS Elmir Mehić (105,6 kg)
  • Mladen Kujundžić (95,2 kg) VS Dženan Poturak (93,0 kg)

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