Daley Outs EliteXC, Diaz

Paul Daley

Paul “Semtex” Daley is an interesting case study of a fighter who isn’t afraid to speak his mind; it appears that Daley is at it once again – and according to Cage Potato, he may have a legit case here.  See, the problem started when ProElite (parent company of EliteXC) was very unhappy when Daley fought and beat Bojan Kosednar in a Cage Warriors event this weekend.  EliteXC tried to get Daley to agree to a fight on July 26 on their card; however, there’s a slight problem.  Daley says that they offered him a fight with Rory Markham – who is fighting on UFC‘s card on July 19.  Are you confused yet?  Yeah, me too.  It gets better.

According to Daley, “They [Pro Elite] did offer me a fight on the July 26th card against Rory Markham, who we all know has signed with the UFC, so I thought it was a ploy to stop me fighting on Cage Warriors. I felt that if I had accepted the fight, they would have just cancelled on me.”

“A lot of other guys had fought twice in the same month for two different promotions, a non-Pro Elite and then a Pro Elite event – I said look, I’ll fight July 12th and I’ll fight July 26th, not a problem. I feel confident in this fight and all being well I would get out uninjured and with a victory and I’d fly straight to America. They didn’t want to hear any of that.”

“If I had been Nick Diaz, it wouldn’t have been a problem. The guy smokes weed, starts riots on TV, doesn’t make weight, fights whoever the fuck he wants, and there’s no problem there. It’s a bit of a piss-take really.”

Whoooa.  Pretty heady stuff coming from Daley.  But that aside, if it is true that Pro Elite did in fact offer Daley a fight with Markham, who is already signed by another promotion, that does sound a bit odd.  Sounds like Pro Elite dealt in bad faith and in at least an indirect way insulted Daley’s intelligence.  But perhaps all of this confusion can be set aside permanently if agreements between fighters and promotions become “exclusive”, as opposed to “non-exclusive”.  But most importantly – fighters should read the fine print on their contracts, or at least have their manager/attorney/whoever interpret it for them.


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