Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is not optimistic about welterweight Paul Daley’s return to the promotion, at least for 2013. Daley still remains signed with the promotion but is unable to travel to the United States due to visa issues related to a pending assault case. “Semtex” was originally supposed to face off with War Machine earlier this year but was forced out of the bout with visa issues.
Rebney discussed the matter with MMA’s Great Debate Radio, stating:
“I talk to Paul via email like once a week and we’ve had a couple of conversations with a solicitor (attorney in England), and we’ve had a bunch of conversations with his solicitor in the U.K. Paul cannot get into the United States right now. The United States will not approve his visa because of the charges pending against him.
So, right now the answer is no (he will not be in Bellator in 2013). God willing that changes. Hopefully he gets over that hump and hopefully we get Paul in here, but right now he’s still in a situation where the charges are pending. He’s still in the situation where he may have to go to trial on those charges so right now we’re in a holding pattern.”
Daley is currently allowed to fight outside of the promotion but has to have his bouts approved by Bellator. The controversial fighter has often been his own worst enemy throughout his career, as incidents both outside of the cage and inside it have prevented him from being able maintain consistent success in the sport.
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