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Paul Daley 'feeling old,' but won't go anywhere before ending Michael Page's hype train

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There has been a lot of back-and-forth with regard to a matchup between British welterweight knockout specialists Paul Daley and Michael Page. Daley is tired of treading water when it comes to the fight, though, and hopes Bellator can make it happen sooner than later.

Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) said he’s aware of the significance of a matchup between Page (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) and himself, and although he’s not totally thinking about retirement just yet, the 34-year-old knows his best competitive days are coming to a close. With that in mind, he wants to get all the big fights in before it’s too late.

“I’m ready to fight the guy,” Daley told MMAjunkie. “I’m feeling old; I just want to get all the big fights I can. I’ve always been good to my fans. I’ve never backed down or away from a fight. If the fans want to see the fight, I tend to make the fight happen. That’s no different with the ‘MVP’ fight.”

Daley is currently booked for a co-main event encounter with Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Bellator 183, which takes place Sept. 23 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., with the main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

“Semtex” said he fully expects to have his way with Larkin, and once that’s done, he will turn the entirety of his focus to Page. While he does that, Page is targeted to make his professional boxing debut in October. Daley believes the only reason “Venom” is competing outside of MMA next is to ensure he doesn’t suffer a loss that could dampen the significance of their fight.

“The whole boxing thing is just propaganda,” Daley said. “The guy is just trying to buy his time. It’s a smart move. He just wants the big fight, which is me for the U.K. market and the world market. This boxing thing is just him treading water rather than take the risk of go in against other top contenders, strong wrestlers or strong ground guys. He’s just waiting for the big fight against another stand-up guy.

“We don’t get to see Mike tested against your wrestlers and guys with a strong ground game. He knows that with me, another stand-up guy who will stand and bang, his chances are better than to take on someone of an elite grappling level and get exposed. Smart move, but for me, I don’t play that game. I’ve always taken risky fights.”

Tension between Daley and Page has existed for quite some time. It reached it’s peak following Bellator 179 in May, though, when after suffering a second-round submission loss to Rory MacDonald in the main event, Daley had a post-fight encounter with Page.

Daley said the ill will with Page is authentic and not manufactured. In his mind, it’s not a matter of if, but when, he finally has the chance to share the cage with his rival. And when that time comes, he said he’s going to make an example out of the younger, less experienced fighter.

“I’m happy to end the hype train,” Daley said. “For me, when he does fight me, he’s just going to get his head completely blown off. He better keep running because the outcome will be the same whether we fight tomorrow or if we fight in a few months time. He’s going to get knocked the (expletive) out, so it doesn’t matter.”

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Bellator's Scott Coker: Michael Page vs. Paul Daley grudge match planned for early 2018

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Despite Michael Page’s claim that he’s moved past the idea of fighting Paul Daley, Bellator officials still apparently want the grudge match to happen, according to company president Scott Coker.

Page (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) and Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) have traded barbs in recent months, and it all came to a head following May’s Bellator 179 main event. “Semtex” suffered a second-round submission loss to Rory MacDonald, and in his post-fight interview, he called out Page before charging him while cageside.

The fight essentially booked itself at that point. However, in a twist, “MVP” recently took to social media and claimed he was offered the fight as the headliner of a September Bellator event in London but said Daley declined (via Instagram):

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Page wrote that he’s over the situation and that Daley missed his chance. However, Coker said the plan is still to book the British welterweights, though the originally proposed timeframe didn’t pan out.

“Paul didn’t say he would not fight ‘MVP’; what he said is that he would not fight him in September,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “It’s a fight that will happen, I want to say in the first quarter of next year in London.”

Coker said he had no issue with Daley passing on the September date. It would have marked a four-month turnaround from his loss to MacDonald and his third fight overall in less than nine months.

Additionally, Daley has had 46 fights during his nearly 14-year pro career and planned to sit out the rest of 2017 to reenergize. Coker said that’s not a problem.

“He said, ‘I’m just coming off a fight, I’ve been through a lot of training camps with injuries, and I want to rest. I’m not going to fight in September against ‘MVP,’ but I will fight him,’” Coker said. “Paul Daley is not going to duck anybody. He’s going to fight everybody. We will put that back together at some point in 2018.”

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie