Striking specialist and current EliteXC fighter Paul Daley posted a peculiar message on the Cage Warriors Forum yesterday that’s been causing quite a stir in the MMA world. The post pretty much lays down a retirement plan for the 25 year old English native.
The announcement reads:
“This is for the fighters, fans, promoters and trolls alike. As of now i will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and world), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Futher more i consider my self retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th i will fullfill my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet un named opponent. No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i’ve found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows..
Who will be the next welterweight CRC champ. FX-3 champ????….”
For those who do not believe the Daley retirement bit you are not alone, as ProElite’s Sam Caplan provides some excellent analysis:
“Let me just say, I’m not buying the retirement talk. Daley did not strike me as a fighter who was looking for a way out. In fact, the complete opposite. He struck me as a guy who was looking for a bigger way into the sport in the U.S. I vividly remember him saying he was looking for bigger opportunities…..I’m hoping that this is either some kind of ploy for publicity, or perhaps Daley is upset with something pertaining to his career and this is his way of calling someone’s bluff. Or, maybe he really is ready to move onto something else? If the latter is the case, I’ll say it’s a big loss for the sport because Daley has the potential to be a star.”
I couldn’t agree more. After watching Daley pick apart Sam Morgan at EliteXC Challenger Series last month, the guy really did look like he could become the next big thing. It’s understandably difficult for us die-hard fans to think that there is more to life than MMA, but perhaps for some fighters there really is.