Just under three months following his release from the UFC, British striker Paul Daley
has already booked a return flight to North America. Daley has inked a one-fight deal with Shark Fights and is slated to compete on the Sept. 11 card in Amarillo, Texas, the promotion has confirmed.
The same Shark Fights 13
card will also feature a wealth of UFC veterans: Trevor Prangley vs. Keith Jardine, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander and Joey Villasenor vs. Drew McFedries
Daley was released from the UFC for throwing a punch in his fight at UFC 113 against Josh Koscheck after the fight had clearly ended.
"I'm very excited to be fighting in the US again," Daley said in a statement. "Despite my conduct during the Koscheck fight, which I agree is inexcusable; fans in the United States have been very supportive. For that I am very grateful.
"I can't undo what has already been done, but I'm determined to prove to everyone that the fighter they saw at UFC 113 is not who I am. I am better than that and the fans deserve better than that. I plan to do whatever it takes to earn back their respect and the respect of everyone in the industry. I'm genuinely looking forward to fighting back in the US, on what I feel is one of the most impressive fight cards that has been pulled together in quite some time."
Daley took part two Saturdays ago in the Impact FC 2
event in Sydney, Australia, landing a nasty elbow against Daniel Acacio to illicit the tap out.