Paul Daley is a name that is famous to some, infamous to others. Regardless of personal opinion, the British striker is widely accepted as one of MMA's most entertaining fighters. The 28-year old Daley is among one of the top welterweights in the sport and has become so at the expense of a long list of victims. Famed for his knockout power, which gave birth to his moniker "Semtex", Daley has compiled numerous highlight reel knockouts over a who's who of MMA.
"A lot of it is natural, obviously its the time and the delivery," Daley told MMA Fight Corner presented by FiveKnuckles.com. The technique changes over the years as you get coached but I've had the ability to knock people out for a long while, since I was about 15. A lot of it is just natural ability and just a matter of discipline for martial arts and how and when you use that power."
But did Daley ever put his heavy hands to use outside of the MMA cage?
"In my younger days yeah, a lot of times. But I've kind of grown out of it, too much on the line and too much to lose," Daley added.
The British-born Daley has already built up a 40-fight professional career that began in mid-2003. For the Nottingham native, he first took interest in MMA after viewing the UFC's early events. He initially trained in karate before taking a crack at MMA, or as he puts it, "As long as you're trying to test your skills...why not get paid a bunch of money for it?". After a successful amateur run, Daley decided to turn pro and as the saying goes; the rest is history.
"Semtex" is one of the more active fighters in MMA, he recently defeated Jordan Radev at BAMMA 7 via unanimous decision and is already scheduled to fight another UFC veteran, Luigi Fioravanti, in the upcoming month.
"I just continuously train; its pretty much all I do," Daley said. "I think that I'm so fortunate to have such a great job that I fight, train. And if I'm not doing something then what am I doing? I'm just being a bum. Even though I have money in the bank and a house, I'm just wasting my life away. I teach my class, I do this and I do that. In between doing that I have to do my job and my job is fighting and in order to do that I have to be in a state where I can constantly fight. I'm constantly training, I'm constantly fit so why not fight. If I'm healthy and good to go then why not?"
Although Daley came out on top in his lastest bout with Radev, a former Olympic Bulgarian wrestler, Daley has had trouble against more established MMA fighters who utilize wrestling. In his previous defeat, Daley lost a shot for the Strikeforce welterweight title at the hands of Tyron Woodley. Woodley, a former NCAA Division I wrestler, utilized effective take downs throughout to nullify any offense from Daley.
"For me as an individual and my coaching staff, obviously it's a weakness that we are continuously working on. It doesn't matter who the opponent is, whether I'm fighting a striker, I'm still going to continue to work on my wrestling anyway," Daley explained. "So I don't care who I match up with or whatever. I just have to concentrate on winning."
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