Perhaps best known for ‘the sucker punch’ or his one-round war with Nick Diaz, former UFC welterweight contender Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has signed for kickboxing promotion K-1. The news was first reported by kickboxing media outlet Liver Kick, with Daley expected to make his K-1 debut in July in Thailand.
Since leaving the UFC in May 2010 immediately after punching his opponent Josh Koscheck after the bell, Daley has enjoyed mixed success in MMA. Dana White doubted that Daley would ever be allowed back in the promotion, though many fans were still interested in the idea, after the Brit hit Koscheck after suffering a decision loss at UFC 113, getting controlled for three full rounds in a fight that Koscheck promised would be a stand-up war.
Daley went 11-4 after compiling a 2-1 record in the UFC, which included two first round knockouts including one over respected welterweight Martin Kampmann. During that run outside of the promotion, Daley had spells with top promotions such as Strikeforce and Bellator, going 1-3 in the former and 1-0 in the latter. Though he lost his opportunity for the Strikeforce welterweight title against Nick Diaz, the fight is widely considered the greatest one round fight of all time after a back-and-forth war in which both Diaz and Daley were rocked a number of times.
Daley recently had a four fight winning streak snapped by UFC-bound Alexander Yakovlev, but since rebounded with a highlight reel knockout over Romario da Silva in December. However ‘Semtex’ has decided to take a different route in 2014, winning three kickboxing fights so far and, with a fight scheduled in Slovakia this Friday, signing for respected kickboxing promotion K-1.
‘Semtex’ will make his K-1 debut in July against a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent on their Thailand card. His kickboxing record stands at 17-0, though signing with K-1 will likely mean Daley will face higher calibre opponents.