Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has had a longstanding ‘beef’ with Bellator MMA. It all started following his victory over Lorenz Larkin in September, 2017, as Daley felt he wasn’t receiving a good promotional push by Bellator. However, it has all apparently changed following his fight with Jon Fitch at Bellator 199.
Daley recently made an appearance on MMA Fighting’s, The MMA Hour. On the show, he revealed that he has now mended his relationship with Bellator due to the efforts made by Bellator MMA President, Scott Coker. He also discussed his fight against Fitch and claimed that Fitch wasn’t doing enough for the referee to let the fight stay on the ground. Here’s what he had to say:
You know what it was? Fight week, I managed to spend a little bit of time with Scott Coker, it was a little bit awkward, and it seemed like it was very awkward for him to do what he did, but it got my respect in that he went around the room and I could see he was like, ‘Should I approach Paul? Is he going to do something crazy or not?’ But in the end, he came over and we exchanged some words.
We’re going to be meeting at Bellator London next week. We’re going to have a sit-down and we’re going to hash things out, see exactly what can be done to keep ‘Semtex’ happy.
Very promising, just the fact — like I said to you when I spoke to you last time, I’d never spoken to Scott on a personal level apart from pre- and post-fight press conferences. So for him to make time, come over and say, ‘Look Paul, I’ve heard what you’ve been saying, I do want to sit down and have a chat with you’ — he wanted to do it there and then. I’m like, ‘I’m cutting weight right now. Can we do it maybe some time in the future?’ So we set the date for Friday at Bellator 200.
You could see how the fight was. Four minutes? Four minutes against the cage [in the first round], with Jon Fitch doing nothing but burying his head underneath my ballsack? What the heck is that? What is that? Four minutes of that. He did nothing. There were no strikes from him. It wasn’t effective wrestling. It’s like me double-jabbing thin air for four minutes, that’s not effective. That’s not effective, that’s not a fight. The referee would say, ‘Come on Paul, do something.’ He wasn’t doing anything.