Posted on: May 8, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:55 am
Knockout artist Paul "Semtex" Daley takes on Josh Koscheck here, in a fight that has implications on who will next challenge for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Unless Dana White signs Jake Shields (and by all appearances, he will) and hot-shots him into a GSP title fight immediately, the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley will fight GSP next.
Round 1: No touch of gloves to start the round. They've been calling each other terrible names for weeks now, so that's not a shock. Daley immediately tries a flying knee and misses. It's almost a minute before either guy attempts something with both being very cautious of the other's striking. Koscheck with a double leg takedown.
Daley tries to stand and gets taken back down. Koscheck is in side control trying to improve to mount, but he ends up stepping into half guard. Koscheck trying to throw strikes but he's not getting much in. Daley tries to scramble free and Koscheck takes his back, trying for a rear naked choke. Koscheck gets one hook in, still fighting for the rear naked choke. He nearly gets it, before Daley scrambles free. Daley throws a knee as Koscheck is trying to stand up.
Referee Dan Miragliotta immediately takes a point away and asks Koscheck if he is OK. Koscheck is still down, but here's where it gets interesting. A slo-mo replay shows that the knee didn't connect with Koscheck's head, and also shows that Koscheck looks at the referee and makes an angry expression about the illegal strike before flopping to his stomach and suddenly appearing incapable of fending for himself.
Basically, Koscheck flopped, and acted his way into getting a one-point deduction. But the fight resumed, and between rounds, Miragliotta confirmed that the knee didn't connect and redacted the point deduction from Daley. After all that, I'd score the round 10-9 Koscheck... if the deduction stuck, I'd have scored it 10-8.
Round 2: Koscheck with a leg kick. Daley with some boxing, Koscheck answers with a takedown. Side control by Koscheck. Daley traps the leg for half guard. Koscheck with intermittent strikes as he tries for full mount, but Daley is defending the pass well. Koscheck with elbows and fists from the top. Daley once again avoids being mounted.
Daley scrambles while Koscheck throws strikes and winds up with his back again. Koscheck with hooks in, trying for the rear naked choke again. Daley defends it, but can't escape before the round ends. 10-9 Koscheck.
Round 3: Koscheck humors Daley by standing for a while, but then goes right back to the takedowns. He's back in Daley's half guard. Daley has double underhooks while Koscheck hammers away at his temple. Koscheck finally achieves full mount. Daley is fighting hard to escape but every time he turns, he's in danger of giving up his back. He gets back to half guard. Koscheck basically holds Daley down until the buzzer. The crowd boos. 10-9 Koscheck, so I score it 30-27 Koscheck.
When they stand up, Daley follows Koscheck, and when he turns around Daley sucker-punches him with a left hook, LONG after the end of the fight. Totally unprofessional, and likely will get him booted from the UFC and suspended by the commission.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
Posted on: January 2, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2010 11:43 pm
Submission specialist Dustin Hazelett fights knockout artist Paul "Semtex" Daley at a catchweight of 172 pounds, after Daley failed to make weight at 170 for their scheduled welterweight bout. Win or lose, Daley will be fined 10 percent of his purse for missing weight.
Hazelett is looking for his third straight UFC win. Daley will try to capitalize on his first-round TKO win over Martin Kampmann in Daley's UFC debut in September.
Round 1: Hazelett does a funky forward roll kick to start, which does nothing but draw a crowd reaction. Head kick by Hazelett is blocked. Leg kick by Daley. Daley with another leg kick, Hazelett checks it. Teep kick by Hazelett. Outside leg kick by Daley. Another teep by Hazelett. Hazelett throws a right hand that misses, and Daley answers with a vicious left hook that knocks Hazelett out. Daley smashes Hazelett a few more times on the ground before referee Herb Dean can stop the fight.
Winner: Paul Daley defeats Dustin Hazelett via knockout at 2:24 of Round 1.
Posted on: September 19, 2009 10:47 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2009 11:01 pm
Potential welterweight title contender Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann fights the debuting -- but experienced -- Paul "Semtex" Daley next. Daley stepped in for Mike Swick, who pulled out of the fight with Kampmann due to injury. Daley is a major knockout threat, but on the ground, this one should be all Kampmann. We'll see.
Round 1: They both throw combos as soon as they get within range, but neither of them lands anything. They start connecting with Daley landing more. Uppercut by Daley. Quick exchanges every time they get close. Daley with a right. They clinch and Kampmann lands a knee. Daley with a left hook as they separate and another left, and Kampmann gets on his bicycle, clearly hurt. Daley rushes in and pummels with a series of punches, and referee Yves Lavigne waves it off with Kampmann still standing, but in trouble. Kampmann protests the stoppage. This one is a little more debatable than the Koscheck stoppage since Kampmann wasn't completely out yet.
Winner: Paul Daley defeats Martin Kampmann via TKO due to strikes at 2:31 of Round 1.
Daley says afterward that he thought it was the correct call. It may have been, and there's a chance that if it went a few seconds longer Kampmann would have been toast. But Kampmann's a pretty tough dude, and given that he didn't even hit the canvas (yet), I think they could have at least let it go that far.
Then again, the referees are there to protect the fighters. If they err on the side of safety once in a while, that's better than occasionally erring on the side of tragedy, right?
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:34 am
Mike Swick has pulled out of his scheduled fight with Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 in Dallas on Sept. 19 due to a concussion suffered in training.
The new opponent for Kampmann will be Paul "Semtex" Daley, who has reportedly verbally agreed to accept the fight on short notice.
The story of Swick's injury was first reported by The Sun in the U.K. and was later confirmed by Swick via his Twitter account:
"I am out of UFC 103. It sucks and I am sorry guys..."
He later verified the reason for his injury in a separate tweet.
"I got foot swept while sparring this week and lost my legs. Landed on back of my head and neck and suffered a pretty bad concussion."
According to the Sun, Swick was swept by American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck during the training session.
The British-born Daley is a well-known MMA star in his home country, and was featured in the U.S. last year on CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, losing to Jake Shields. Daley signed with the UFC this summer after the Affliction MMA promotion closed up shop.
News of the verbal agreement for Daley vs. Kampmann was first reported by MMA Weekly , with the signed bout agreement still pending.
Swick vs. Kampmann was informally viewed as a fight to determine a No. 1 contender to welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Posted on: October 4, 2008 10:25 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2008 10:48 pm
The EliteXC welterweight title is up for grabs now as Jake Shields defends against Paul Daley.
Round 1: They stand for a bit without much success, then Shields takes Daley to the mat. Shields take full mount and locks his ankles to tie up Daley's legs, then tries some ground and pound. Daley is covering up well but can't escape. Shields switches to side control. Back to full mount again and Shields throws a few fists. Daley is just getting toyed with here. Shields tries for an armbar and Daley uses the opening to get out of harm's way. Daley's in Shields' guard now and throwing elbows to the head as the round ends. 10-9 Shields.
Round 2: Daley throws some hard combos and misses. Shields drops in for a takedown and Daley throws a knee. Shields keeps trying for a takedown and Daley stuffs him. Shields finally muscles Daley to the canvas. Shields instantly assumes full mount. Shields isn't finding many openings. He finally finds an arm and cranks it back, forcing Daley to tap out.
Winner: Jake Shields defeats Paul Daley via submission to an armbar at 3:40 of Round 2.
Posted on: October 3, 2008 6:55 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2008 9:14 pm
The weigh-ins for CBS Saturday Night Fights took place Friday afternoon, and as weigh-ins go, this one was pretty eventful. Some highlights:
-- Gina Carano initially weighed in for her 140-pound bout with Kelly Kobold at 142.75 pounds -- which, due to the one-pound allowance, is actually 1.75 pounds over the limit. She was white as a ghost, walking very slowly and completely straight-faced. I would compare it to how someone looks when they are in the middle of a serious case of the flu. Clearly, Carano is still having issues getting down to 140, and it's getting to the point where you have to wonder if it's safe for her to continue cutting that much for a fight. At the very least, her method of cutting needs to be reevaluated.
This is where it gets a little bizarre. Rather than try to go cut more weight, Carano -- for the first time I can recall -- opted to weigh in again with no clothes on. Several officials shielded her from onlookers with a large towels. She removed her clothing, stepped back on the scale... and came in at 142.50 this time. Clearly upset and not feeling well, there was a few seconds of discussion on the stage, before Carano stepped onto the scale a third time. Although she didn't appear to remove any further clothing (she was already nude, as far as anyone knew), she came in at 141.0 on the third attempt. There was definitely plenty of confusion among the press and other onlookers in the room, who couldn't figure out what happened in that 10-20 seconds between weigh-in attempts that caused a 1.5 pound difference in Carano. I did not see anything personally, and I think very few people did. One theory kicked around on my side of the room was that some of the clothing Carano removed may have been sitting on the scale during the second attempt, causing the second failure, but I wasn't in a position to see her feet, so I can't confirm that.
It was definitely a curious scene. I'll try to get an official answer about what happened between the second and third nude weigh-ins that made such a difference, but a lot of people were scratching their heads after that one.
-- After Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice weighed in, a wild pull-apart shoving match took place. Before the fighters did the customary staredown photo op, Kimbo turned to walk away. Shamrock got angry and yelled at Kimbo for turning his back. Kimbo didn't respond, so Shamrock shoved him -- hard -- in the back. Both camps immediately jumped into the fray, with EliteXC's Jared Shaw and Jeremy Lappen in the middle, trying to regain order. Kimbo's people seemed legitimately upset and were yelling at officials about Shamrock's behavior. The curtain backdrop in the weigh-in stage was rocking back and forth in the melee, to the point that Andrei Arlovski -- who had weighed in moments earlier -- peeked out from behind the curtain, trying to see what the commotion was.
-- This one will get the rumor mill going in a hurry: "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" himself, Tito Ortiz, was in the house and openly mingling with the fighters and other officials. He was wearing an Affliction shirt, but no word on whether that bears any significance. Keep in mind that Affliction's deal with EliteXC is what got Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson onto this CBS show, and with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions now working with Affliction, the group might now have the financial backing to sign a guy like Ortiz. Especially if Ortiz has come down to earth a little on his asking price. Keep in mind, few in the history of MMA have been better self-promoters than Tito Ortiz, and Ortiz clearly understands the value of being seen on a CBS broadcast. Hmm....
No word on how Tito's presence affected Shamrock, who was beaten by Ortiz three times, all by TKO, in the UFC.
-- Also in attendance: Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Roan Carneiro, Bas Rutten, and current cast member of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 8 (and CBSSports.com blogger!), Tom Lawlor.
-- Pro wrestling fans from years past will be happy to know that former WWE star The Warlord is currently working as part of Kimbo Slice's entourage. It's not clear how many people in attendance made that connection, but I do know Tom Lawlor was very excited, and actually seemed to startle the big man by yelling out "WARLORD!" as he walked past.
-- The only fighter to miss weight was Nicolae "Curry" Sinicio. Jorge Boechat agreed to accept the bout anyway, so it did not affect the card.
Official weigh-in results: