Paul Daley finally pulled off the big KO victory he was looking for inside the Bellator MMA cage.
Fighting in the main event of Bellator 148, the hard hitting Brit needed only 2 minutes to back Andy Uhrich up against the cage and eventually land a right uppercut that sent his opponent crashing face first to the canvas. Paul “Semtex” Daley (38-12-2) picked up the 28th T/KO victory of his long career with the performance and has now won 5 in a row and 9 out of his last 10 fights. Andy Uhrich fell to 11-6 with the defeat.
Daley wasted no time after the finish before commencing to hype the bout he wants next: a rematch with longtime UFC veteran Josh Koscheck. “Semtex” immediately ran and leaped to the top of the cage and began throwing verbal jabs at Koscheck, who was sitting cageside. He even went so far as to refer to the former welterweight contender as “Crotch-check” before his interview time with Bellator MMA’s Jimmy Smith was seemingly cut short.
Josh Koscheck seemed to take the insults in stride, staying in his seat with a an amused smiled on his face. He was initially scheduled to meet Matt Secor in the evening’s main event, but was forced to sit on the sidelines as a spectator due to an injury.
If and when Daley does face Koscheck, it will be a rematch of their infamous bout from 2010 at UFC 113. Koscheck won the bout via unanimous decision by implementing a wrestling heavy game plan, but the moment that truly stands out in the minds of MMA fans is Daley’s post-fight antics. The Brit allowed his frustration to get the best of him and attempted to strike Koscheck again well after the final bell had sounded.
The infraction led to Daley being banished from Ultimate Fighting Championship, very possibly for the remainder of his career. “Semtex” has gone on to compete in several major promotions after leaving the Zuffa owned company, and has defeated many quality fighters in that time. Despite these accomplishments, however, UFC President Dana White has still refused to give the 32-year-old striker another chance inside the Octagon.