Paul Daley may have earned himself a lifetime ban from the UFC when he sucker punched Josh Koscheck at UFC 113, but it doesn’t look like his actions scared off the UFC’s closest competitor. MiddleEasy is reporting that Daley has signed a six-fight deal with Strikeforce.
The news originates from a very reliable source, the same guy who personally gave me the news that the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley would not only be next in line to contend UFC’s welterweight belt, but they would appear opposite Georges St. Pierre in The Ultimate Fighter 12.
Just hours ago, Paul Daley signed a six-fight Strikeforce contract. He will still fight at Shark Fights 13 which will go down September 11th at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas (sort of a strange date to have an MMA event). His first opponent will be Evangelista Cyborg which denotes that he will still be competing at welterweight.
This news literally just broke, so no confirmation or denial from Strikeforce yet (MMA Weekly says they’ve confirmed with their sources as well). Meanwhile, the Quebec athletic commission is still taking it’s sweet time figuring out an appropriate punishment for Daley’s actions. It remains to be seen if Strikeforce will wait around for the QAC to get their act together, or move forward with booking Daley like nothing happened.
More importantly, when does Paul Daley throw down with Nick Diaz?
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Update: Strikeforce denies that Paul Daley has signed a deal with them.
Despite reports of a completed six-figure deal, Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) no deal has been reached with the British fighter. Additionally, a representative for Daley said the fighter is weighing multiple options.
“At this point, I’m not really in a position to comment at this point and time,” Wad Alameddine of Fight Management told MMAjunkie.com. “We’ve definitely been talking to Strikeforce, and we’ve been talking to a number of different groups. But right now, I’m in a position where I can’t make any comment on that, unfortunately.”
Just because they deny it now doesn’t mean it’s not happening. They may just need time to get their ducks in a row before making it official. Or it really was a false alarm. We’ll see.