Daley Openly Pondering Retirement
Paul Daley’s loss to Jon Fitch at Bellator 199 may have sealed his fate not only in Bellator, but MMA in general.
Daley, who almost ended his fight with Fitch in the first round, would end up fighting from the bottom in the last two rounds of last Saturday’s fight, and with one fight left on his Bellator deal is considering retirement after 15 years as a pro.
The loss is also compounded with feeling mistreated be Bellator officials for over a year.
In a post-fight statement on social media, Daley reaffirmed his passion to retire.
Boring fight. Good win for Fitch. He’s great at what he does. I couldn’t do what I do best. Same story. Wrestler wins, not an entertaining fight in my eyes. Props to Fitch.
One more fight, and I’m done I think…..now to enjoy the rest of the evening.
Shout out to 50 cent for the positive comments. 👊
Daley would go as far as to boo his own fight, and slam Bellator for making this fight. Fitch believes it was on Daley to fight back to make it more entertaining.
“To me, they’re booing him because he’s not doing anything,” Fitch told MMAjunkie. “I’m slugging away. I’m trying to do work, and this guy’s just holding on to my wrist and asking the ref to stand him up. Do something. Sweep me. Stand up. Do something. Don’t scream to the referee to stand you up. Do it yourself – it’s a fight.”
While it seems Daley is checked out, Bellator President Scott Coker is hoping to bridge the divide when he arrives in London for Bellator 200.
“My feelings have not changed,” Coker said. “That’s one of the most dynamic fighters that I have been associated with. … I love that guy. He will always have a seat here. He’s welcome here at Bellator. I actually think he has some more fights left (on his contract) than he thinks he might have. But I will sit down and talk to him when I get to London, and we’ll sort it out.
“I hope he’s here for a long time. Paul Daley brings it. I’ve never been disappointed.”
Original Story: MMA Junkie