UFC veteran Paul Daley
will be facing American Top Team's Jorge Masvidal
on the Sept. 11 Shark Fights 13
pay-per-view card in Amarillo, Texas, promoters announced Tuesday.
Daley's deal with Shark Fight is only for one fight and many believe the British striker will be heading to Strikeforce next.
Daley returned to action last month and defeated Daniel Acacio via submission due to an elbow at Impact FC 2 in Australia. That was his first outing coming off a three-fight UFC stint that took Daley through major highs and even greater lows.
Daley made his UFC debut last September in Texas and unexpectedly became an instant contender with a first-round TKO over Martin Kampmann. In January, Daley scored another knockout against submission wizard Dustin Hazelett to earn himself a No. 1 contender shot against Josh Koscheck. In the fight against Koscheck, Daley was completely neutralized in the decision loss and even worse, was presented with an early release from the UFC as punishment for throwing a punch at Koscheck after the fight. Daley's fight against Masvidal will be his first in the U.S. since the incident.
Meanwhile, Masvidal is a former street fighter and prospect who has traveled all over for fights, everywhere from Bodog Fights in Costa Rica and Russia, to Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion, and most recently to Astra in Japan. He's probably most known as the recipient of Toby Imada's 2009 Submission of the Year, an inverted triangle choke in the Bellator lightweight semifinals.
Shark Fights 13 will also feature Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander and Drew McFedries vs. Joey Villasenor.