Bellator signs MMA veteran Paul Daley
Paul Daley last week became the new-old member of Bellator. The British welterweight fighter last competed under the Bellator banner at Bellator 72 in July 2012, where he defeated Rudy Bears via TKO. Only one month after Bellator founder was replaced by Scott Coker as head of the promotion, Bellator have added some strength to their welterweight and middleweight divisions with the signing of two MMA veterans in Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef which reveals Coker’s intentions – “to create the most entertaining fights possible under the Bellator banner”.
“Like always, I’m coming into Bellator to put on a show,” says Daley. “I loved working for Coker back in Strikeforce, and when I got the call to possibly come back to Bellator, it was a no-brainer. I feel great, I’m fresh, and I’m going after that belt.”
His old-new boss Coker added: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We want Bellator to be a destination for not only the top-tier fighters in the sport, but the first-choice destination for fans to see the most entertaining fights in the sport. Both Paul and Melvin add a level of excitement to the roster that I can’t wait to see inside our cage, and this is just the beginning.”
With Scott Coker Bellator definitely made a leap forward. Coker is an extremely competitive manager who did not find a compromise with the UFC management after they bought Strikeforce. The two parties parted and Coker waited for a new chance which he eventually got in Bellator.