Since first studying Martial Arts at the age of eight, Paul Daley has gone on to become one of the best welterweights in the world. Known best for his ability to finish fights with one single shot due to his explosive knock out power (Hence the nickname ‘Semtex’).
He turned professional in MMA at the age of 21 and has complied a record of 26-9-2. In July 2006, Paul won both the British & World Cage Rage Welterweight Championships & the FX3 Welterweight Championship in the space of 18 months. He also won the Muay Thai ‘King of the Ring World’ Title when he trained in Thailand.
In September 2009, he made his UFC debut and TKO’d the highly rated Martin Kampmann in the first round. He followed suit in his next match up against veteran Dustin Hazelett forcing the referee to intervene and stop the fight again in the first round. His next match up was a number one contender elimination fight against Josh Koscheck. Unfortunately, Koscheck won by unanimous decision and following a post fight incident Paul was released by the UFC.
He then fought twice for the organizations Impact FC & Shark Fights to keep himself active before signing a contract with UFC rivals Strikeforce. Paul knocked out Scott Smith on his debut in devastating fashion and will now take a run at the welterweight title in 2011.
Paul has kindly taken the time out of his schedule to take part in this interview with us at ‘Like 2 Fight’
L2F: Firstly, Paul, we really appreciate you taking the time out to speak to us at ‘Like 2 Fight’. You made your Strikeforce debut a few weeks back in St.Louis, USA. With three KO’s from the main three fights on the card, yours was without a doubt the most brutal. With that in mind, was your game plan going into this fight purely to knock out Scott Smith?
PD: The game plan was to just enjoy the fight and finish. My whole thing is wanting to finish fights. Leaving it to the judges is shit.
L2F: Even though you have only fought once in Strikeforce, do you think a title shot is already in the pipeline for 2011?
PD: Yes, I would hope for one more fight then a summer showdown for the title belt.
L2F: You fought in Australia for Impact FC & for Shark Fights on the Jardine Vs Prangley card after the UFC. Was Strikeforce’s interest known before these two fights?
PD: Yes, Strikeforce showed interest more or less immmediatly after my UFC Departure.
L2F: From an early age, you began training in Karate. Since then you have trained in other disciplines such as Muay Thai & Brazillian Ju-Jitsu and in MMA, the training is extremely varied so this has worked in your favour. When travelling to train, where and who have you trained with in learning more about these disciplines?
PD: Great question, I have been and travelled for training to so many places that it would be to long an answer.
L2F: I recently went over to Mike’s gym in Holland and was discussing with Mike himself about the UK fighters who have trained there. When discussing your abilities he mentioned that your striking power is ‘In-human’. Is your striking a talent you have always had or is it something which you worked hard on to obtain?
PD: I think it is a natural thing I was born with and developed along the way.
L2F: Out of all of the KO’s wins in your career in both MMA & Muay Thai, which would be your favourite if you had to choose?
PD: I’d say Mark Weir, it meant the most. (TKO’d Weir to win the Cage Rage Welterweight World Championship)
L2F: Who is your favourite fighter?
PD: I have many across Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA. B Hop (Bernard Hopkins), Gokhan Saki, Manhoef (Melvin), Groenhart (Murthel), GSP, BJ Penn, The Spider Silva………the list goes on.
L2F: What do you find the hardest part of training for a fight?
PD: Dieting and resting. I always like to be busy, I must learn to rest more.
L2F: And Finally Paul, What are you plans in 2011 as a fighter and in general life?
PD: To be happy and healthy. In MMA, it has to be becoming Strikeforce Champion and a continued fan favourite. Visit www.semtex.tv to keep updated.
L2F: Thanks again for your time Paul. Best of luck with 2011 and the future from everyone at ‘Like 2 Fight’.