CHICAGO, Ill. â€” The Bellator Welterweight division just got even more explosive as feared British striker Paul â€œSemtexâ€ Daley joins one of Bellatorâ€™s deepest divisions in a move that adds another world-class fighter to Bellatorâ€™s talent-laden roster.
â€œIâ€™ve been a Semtex fan for years,â€ said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œHeâ€™s an incredibly explosive fighter who is magic to watch inside the cage. So, when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with Paul, it was a simple decision to make. Paulâ€™s one of those fighters Iâ€™ve always intentionally stayed home to watch and now I can watch him cageside at Bellator.â€
Daley will make his Bellator debut on July 20 as the promotion will host Bellator 72 from The University of South Floridaâ€™s Sun Dome in Tampa LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.
Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, by visiting the Sun Dome Box Office and at all Ticketmaster outlets including Wal-Mart. Ticket prices range from $30 - $120.
Hailing for Nottingham, England, Daley has enjoyed an incredibly successful career amassing a 29-12 record that includes 20 KO victories. â€œSemtexâ€ holds victories over Martin Kampmann, Jorge Masvidal, Scott Smith and Duane Ludwig and at only 29 years old, the sky is limit for Daley in Bellator.
â€œIâ€™ve been a fan of Bellator for a long while,â€ Daley said. â€œWhen this chance came up, I was absolutely ready to make a long term commitment to Bellator. I have my sights set on winning the tournament and winning that Bellator title.â€
Daley joins an impressive list of welterweights with Bellator, including reigning Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, Season 6 Tournament Finalists Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou, Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima. Even with the loaded lineup, Daley knows he has his work cut out for him.
â€œThe organization has really been developing and signing a lot of the best fighters in the world, and itâ€™s another reason why I signed with Bellator,â€ Daley said. â€œThe tournament format is something that really stood out to me, and itâ€™s a chance to face some of the best fighters in the sport. There isnâ€™t anyone sitting at the top of the mountain top making decisions on who fights who, the fighters get to decide who is going to be the next champion, and thatâ€™s how it should be. Bellator does it right, and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m here.â€
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
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