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Daley’s day of destiny approaches

WAITED FOR HIS CHANCE: Daley is itching to return

PAUL DALEY has waited for his chance to gain revenge for his loss to Josh Koscheck for five years. The British Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter has promised the American will be ‘seeing the inside of an ambulance’ when the two meet up at the O2 Arena later this year.

In a historic event which sees Bellator host their first ever show in the UK, Daley against Koscheck will be the co-headline event on a card featuring some of the best of British mixed martial arts talent.

The other headline event sees internet sensation Kimbo Slice take on James Thompson, but it is the eagerly awaited contest between Daley and Koscheck that fight fans are chomping at the bit to see.

Five years ago Daley, 33, was banned from ever competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) when he punched Koscheck after the final bell had been rung.

UFC chief Dana White vowed Daley had scuppered his chance of fighting for the organisation again and it’s a chapter of the Nottingham born fighter’s life that changed him forever.

“It (being banned from the UFC) cost me a lot of money, definitely. I don’t like to put a figure on it or speculating but maybe it was millions of dollars,” Daley admitted.

He added: “I was co-headlining shows at the time and I was doing very well, picking up knockout of the night bonuses and fighting in big fights like the one against Josh.

“I was young back then, I was a bit brash and spoke my mind. Everyone was behind me and I was getting a lot of press, so who knows what would have happened?

“But, we’re here now and it’s payback time and I am getting to pay him back so I am so happy.”

Daley told the Voice of Sport that the immediate aftermath being banned from the UFC was a particularly dark time for him.

Not being invited to big shows effectively meant he had to start again, building momentum and ensuring he wasn’t a forgotten entity.

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“I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason and the main thing is being back here today, and the fact that I didn’t stop believing in myself.

“If I had lost faith in myself then I wouldn’t be here right now. That would have been regrettable, had I been at home or doing something else, not pursuing something that I know I can do and not fulfilling my true potential.

“It’s great to be getting this Koscheck fight but I can go onto greater things and once this fight is out the way I will carry on my journey and head straight to the top.”

Explaining what will happen when he eventually gets in the ring against Koscheck, Daley said emphatically: “What do I always say when I get in the ring that I am going to do, I am going to knock him out.

“This is Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley, 39 wins and 32 knockouts. I’m not going to dress it up into what it isn’t, I’m not going in there to try and take him down or try to submit him.

“I’m going to go out there doing what I do, I’m going to be swinging, one will land and he’ll be going to sleep.”

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