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Paul Daley - Have Faith


Paul Anthony Daley, often known by his nickname “Semtex”, is an English professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently competing in Bellator’s welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2003, Daley has formerly competed for the UFC, Cage Rage, Final Fight Championship, Strikeforce, EliteXC, ShoXC, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, Cage Contender, Shark Fights, Pancrase and Impact FC. Daley is the former Cage Rage World Welterweight Champion and Cage Rage British Welterweight Champion.

In this uncompromising interview with London Real host Brian Rose, Paul speaks eloquently about why fight night makes all the sacrifices worthwhile, why he looks for challenging fights and how his role as a parent has changed him.

Born on February 21, 1983 in Nottingham, England, Paul’s journey into combat sports began with a background in kickboxing. His early years in traditional martial arts laid the foundation for the striking prowess that would become his trademark in the MMA world. Daley transitioned to professional MMA in the early 2000s, marking the beginning of a career that would see him become a prominent figure in the sport.

Paul Daley earned the nickname “Semtex” due to his explosive striking style and knockout power. Semtex, a type of plastic explosive, became a fitting moniker for a fighter whose hands delivered devastating blows capable of ending a bout in an instant. Daley’s striking arsenal, characterised by powerful hooks and precise striking, made him a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division.

Daley’s early success came under the banners of Cage Warriors and BAMMA (British Association of Mixed Martial Arts). Competing in these promotions, he showcased his striking prowess and gained a reputation for thrilling performances. His knockout victories and aggressive fighting style drew attention, setting the stage for his eventual ascent to international recognition.

In 2009, Daley made his UFC debut, and it didn’t take long for him to make an impact. His memorable knockout of Martin Kampmann in his first UFC fight earned him a “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

Post-UFC, Daley found success in Bellator MMA, solidifying his status as one of the top welterweights in the world. His matchups against notable opponents like Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin showcased his resilience and continued evolution as a fighter. Throughout his Bellator tenure, Daley has remained a fan favourite, consistently delivering exciting performances that resonated with MMA enthusiasts.

Paul “Semtex” Daley’s legacy extends beyond his record and accolades. He played a pivotal role in elevating the profile of British MMA on the global stage. His explosive fighting style, coupled with a never-back-down mentality, endeared him to fans and paved the way for a new generation of British fighters to pursue success in the fiercely competitive world of MMA.Paul “Semtex” Daley’s journey in MMA is a testament to the resilience, determination, and raw power that define him as a fighter. From his explosive striking to iconic moments in various promotions, Daley has etched his name in the annals of British MMA history. As he continues to compete and inspire, Paul remains a captivating figure in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, leaving an enduring legacy as a true pioneer and trailblazer.


00:00 | Trailer
01:38 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:36 Brian’s introduction
05:18 Excitement in build up to big fight with Rory MacDonald
08:42 Fight night makes all the sacrifices worthwhile
11:38 No beef, only respect for Rory MacDonald
12:44 One hit from Paul and Rory may take fight to the ground
14:56 Rory’s a quitter
20:31 How Paul got into MMA when it was in its UK infancy
24:07 Grateful praise for what he learned at American Top Team
28:05 Why Paul looks for challenging fights and trains with younger fighters
32:19 Paul’s thoughts on the Conor McGregor phenomenon
37:43 Paul’s fight with Nick Diaz
40:45 The two Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor fights
42:45 The proposed McGregor vs Mayweather fight
46:19 Paul’s experience with the UFC
50:25 Paul looks back at his fight with Koscheck
57:41 How did Paul cope with military discipline
59:40 Paul’s role as a parent
1:03:51 Bemused that Michael “Venom” Page wants to fight him
1:10:14 What FOAMS means to Paul
1:13:23 Success secrets
1:14:22 What scares Paul
1:15:05 Has Paul changed his mind about anything recently
1:18:23 Paul tried meditation
1:18:59 Phone call to the 20 year old Paul Daley
1:19:55 Best advice ever received
1:22:16 Advice to the 20 year old who wants to be a Bellator champion like Paul
1:23:09 Brian’s summing up.


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