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Paul Daley Willing to Pause Retirement for Rematch with Nick Diaz

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After retiring from mixed martial arts on May 13, Paul Daley is already talking about fights that could bring him back to the cage. 

Daley (43-18-2) stepped in front of a hometown crowd at the SSE Arena in London for his retirement bout at Bellator 281. In storybook fashion, Daley knocked out his opponent Wendell Giacomo (9-3-0) in the second round. The crowd exploded as ‘Semtex’ earned his 35th and possibly final knockout of his lengthy career. 

Walking out of the cage with a seemingly perfect end to his story, Daley left the door cracked open for a return while speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour

“I don’t wish I can get back any fight in terms of changing what’s already happened,” Daley said.” But, I think if I was to pick a fight to have a rematch, it would definitely be Nick Diaz or [Jorge] Masvidal. Because they’re the ones that have turned into pay-per-view stars and I could get the most money from.

“Nick Diaz was a great fight and I beat Masvidal, and he holds the BMF belt, even though he’s lost his last fight or so,” said Daley. “Those are the ones that if someone came to me and said, ‘What’s going to get you out of retirement?’ Those two fights. That’s it, those are the only two fights that would pull me out.”

Paul Daley Received a Lifetime Ban From the UFC in 2010

Unfortunately those two fights are unlikely to happen at this point. Both Masvidal and Diaz are under contract with the UFC. In 2010, the promotion banned ‘Semtex’ for life following a bout with Josh Koscheck at UFC 133. After the contest, Daley threw a sucker punch at Koshcheck, forcing referee Dan Mirgliotta to physically restrain Daley. 

Dana White announced that same evening that Daley has been released from the promotion and banned from the UFC. 

The same year Daley was released by the UFC, he fought Jorge Masvidal under the Shark Fight promotion. Daley won the bout via unanimous decision. Less than a year later he would face Nick Diaz in Strikeforce. Diaz stopped Daley in the first round of their contest via TKO. 

Daley joined Bellator in 2015 and went 9-5 in the promotion. He finishes his career winning four of his last five bouts.

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