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Daley doesn’t want ‘MVP’ fight: ‘We’re not in the same bracket’

Paul Daley
(Kristian Ibarra, Today's Knockout)

It would most certainly be a quality matchup between two great strikers in the sport, not to mention two great trash-talkers, but Paul “Semtex” Daley says he has no interest in fighting fellow Bellator welterweight Michael “Venom” Page.

To Daley, the gap between the two of them as far as experience is too big for him to have a reason to fight Page. He compares a potential boxing matchup that many have thrown around in the last couple years as a parallel to his stance on Page.

“Would Floyd Mayweather ever consider a fight with Adrien Broner?” Daley told MMA Fighting. “He wouldn’t because he seems himself in a completely different league, though they’re similar characters. And that’s how I see it. He’s super talented, as is Adrien Broner, but I’ve been in this sport for a long time and I’ve had some great victories and I’ve been in some great fights. And there’s more to come. For me, Michael Page just has to get that experience.

“People are pumping him up with sponsored Facebook and social-media posts, pumping his views up and pumping his name up and stuff like that. For me, his name doesn’t hold that much weight. He hasn’t been in there with anybody yet. Like a 50-year-old [Evangelista] Cyborg is the biggest name that he’s been in there with and he did what we expected him to do against an opponent like that.

“We’re not in the same bracket. I’ve proved my worth to the sport. And I think he just needs to establish himself a little bit more. He’s a good fighter with a lot of potential. I just think we need to see more of him. That’s it.”

The only reasons Daley could see himself fighting Page would be for a big chunk of change or if a title were at stake.

“It has to be worth it to me, because I just see myself past that fight,” Daley said. “It’s hard for me to describe, but it’s in my head.”

Daley is set to fight Derek Anderson at Bellator 163.

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