This week, heavyweight Mark Hunt made headlines after news surfaced stating the hard-hitting Kiwi had run into visa issues stemming from an arrest and was stuck in New Zealand for the time being. However, Hunt isn’t the only notable fighter who is currently limited in his ability to travel based on past legal issues.
Bellator welterweight Paul Daley was forced to pull out of a Season 8 tournament based on an assault charge in his native England. Though little has been heard since the initial situation surfaced, Daley recently assured fans he is getting closer and closer to being cleared of any wrongdoing and should be back in Bellator before ringing in the New Year.
“It will be this year. September would be realistic, but definitely before the end of the year. Basically I just have to wait for some feedback from my solicitor with regards to the visa and then we’ll go from there,” said Daley in an interview with MMAWeekly.
Assuming things continue as he expects, Daley is hoping the organization will give him a match-up with War Machine to make up for a previously scheduled scrap laid to waste by his legal situation. Beyond that, he’s all ears.
“Hopefully the War Machine fight will happen; I’ll beat him. I’m pretty confident I could beat anybody that’s currently out there. The only fights I see that would be a challenge are the guys that are ranked in the top seven in the world; there’s some tough fights for me there,” the confident clubber explained, taking things one step further by calling out the champion. “I think I can beat Ben Askren. He is probably the best pure wrestler in all of MMA and he presents a big problem, but I think I can beat him and I think I have the right team around me that can prepare me and get me ready for that kind of fight.”
The 31-12-2 is one of the most powerful 170ers in the sport. 24 of his wins have come via strikes including two submission victories. He has been keeping busy by competing in smaller organizations overseas including an upcoming bout this weekend against Rodrigo Ribeiro.