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Paul Daley vs. Yuya Shirai Signed for BAMMA 5

Paul Daley's next fight will not be under the Strikeforce banner after all.

"Semtex" has agreed to fight Yuya Shirai at BAMMA 5 on February 26 at the Manchester Evening News Arena, MMA Fighting has confirmed with Daley's publicist Zara Shirwan and the organization. The fight, which will mark Daley's first in the UK in close to two years, will be for the vacant BAMMA welterweight title.

Fighters Only first reported the possibility of the fight last week.

Daley (26-9-2) made his Strikeforce debut in December, knocking out Scott Smith in the first round. Since his release from the UFC in May, the British slugger has won his last three fights in a row. Strikeforce has confirmed that they have signed off on Daley's BAMMA fight as well. Win or lose, he is expected to return to Strikeforce after the fight against Shirai.

Shirai (20-8) has won his last five fights in a row. He is the current DEEP welterweight champion, although that title won't be on the line in this fight.

BAMMA 5 is expected to be the first of five events in 2011 for the United Kingdom-based organization.

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