Paul Daley has taken to Facebook to clear up a report by ESPN.
Daley was reported to have been involved in a bar brawl that led to an assault charge being handed to “Semtex.” That meant he could not obtain his visa and compete in Bellator this coming January, as he would be unable to come to the U.S.
Well, Daley, a former UFC and Strikeforce fighter, is denying any bar incident and subsequent assault charge.
“It seems as (though) a mass press release has gone out to the MMA media stating I was involved in a bar brawl, arrest and cannot obtain a P-1 visa to compete in the USA. I am currently awaiting a decision on my visa, which is not expected until late April. Which means I am unable to compete in the Season 8 Bellator tournament, as it starts in January. I will be fighting in Europe in the coming months, so I am able to stay active while awaiting a decision on my visa status. I was not involved in a bar brawl. This is 100 (percent) a false statement.”
Daley was voted by the fans to face War Machine in the opening round of the welterweight tournament. However, War Machine suffered a knee injury and the bout was postponed.