Like the rest of the Bellator welterweight roster, Paul “Semtex” Daley took notice of the promotion’s signing of one of the top 170-pound fighters in the world.
Rory MacDonald signed with Bellator in August after having spent six years in the UFC, and stands as an opponent Daley would love to mix it up with in the cage.
“Definitely it’s a fight that interests me,” Daley told MMAjunkie. “I would love to test my skills against a guy that’s challenged for the UFC title. It would be a great fight. He’s the new prodigy after B.J. Penn. It would be great because he has a name, and it would be good to test my skills against him. We’ll see what happens. I think he will probably go straight for the title. We’ll see. If the fight is offered, I’ll take that.”
One fight that has followed Daley throughout his career is a matchup with Josh Koscheck again. The two fought at UFC 113 in a bout that got very heated when after the final bell Daley got up and punched Koscheck. It resulted Daley in getting a lifetime ban from the UFC.
Koscheck signed with Bellator in 2015, and in 2016 the promotion setup the rematch, but Koscheck pulled out for undisclosed reasons. After all the time that has gone by, Daley says he is not interested in Koscheck any longer.
“I think he’s past that – I think Koscheck is past it,” Daley said. “It’s quiet on the Koscheck front, and I’m not interested in calling him out or anything. I just don’t think the guy’s head is in the game. He’s quiet, and I think he’s a guy that’s going to stay there. More power to him. If you’re not really feeling it, then it’s dangerous to accept such a fight against me.
“I’m past that fight. There are many more interesting fights out there for me.”