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Bellator 183's Lorenz Larkin despises Paul Daley: 'I've never not liked somebody like this guy'

In an era of MMA where it’s difficult to separate the real beefs from the manufactured ones, Lorenz Larkin’s negative feelings toward Paul Daley comes off as genuine.

How genuine?

So genuine that Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) is hardly willing to address Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA), who he meets in the Bellator 183 co-main event, ahead of their welterweight fight on Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

During a Bellator 183 pre-fight interview with MMAjunkie, Daley’s name naturally was mentioned to Larkin. Immediately a Bellator PR member noted “The Monsoon” was not going to discuss his upcoming opponent because of some comments Daley had made, specifically ones downplaying Larkin as “below the level of fighter” the Brit is used to facing.

When pushed on the matter, Larkin gave a little bit of insight, but not much. His answer, though, made it obvious he took Daley’s comments personally.

“I just don’t like the mother(expletive), man,” Larkin told MMAjunkie. “I don’t. I’ve never not liked somebody like this guy. I’ve never had a problem in my whole career with a fighter. This is a fighter that I genuinely don’t like. That’s the whole reason for all of this.”

Larkin, No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, and Daley have been competing in similar circles for many years. Both were fighting under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner before the organization closed its doors in 2013, albeit at the time Larkin was competing at light heavyweight and middleweight while Daley was in the 170-pound division.

According to Larkin, he had no problem with Daley until he started “talking (expletive)” after the matchup was booked. Personal feelings aside, he said he believes Daley is a great fight for him, mainly because there are more weapons at his disposal.

“I just plan on going in there and taking care of business,” Larkin said. “I’m a good style matchup for everybody – this whole division. I’m coming in there like I always do, to fight. He comes in there, and he’s pretty much one-dimensional.”

Larkin knows how meaningful a victory at Bellator 183 would be for his career. Not only because he wants to get one over on Daley, but also due to the fact he needs to rebound from a title-fight loss to champ Douglas Lima at Bellator NYC in June.

After a successful run in the UFC and a lengthy period in free agency, Larkin was inserted into a championship contest in his Bellator debut. He came up short via unanimous decision, but Larkin said the result didn’t discourage him. He wants to get back to another title fight soon, and he plans on using Daley as a pedestal to help get there.

“That’s the goal,” Larkin said. “I got nothing but respect for Lima. I’m going to do all the right things to get me back (to the title). This is just a part of it. This is phase one of getting back there and getting right back to that spot.”

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

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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.”

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Paul Daley: Bellator 183 foe Lorenz Larkin 'below the level of fighter that I'm used to fighting'

Paul Daley has moved on from his loss to Rory MacDonald earlier this year and is ready to bounce back in thrilling fashion with a knockout of Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183.

Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA), who suffered a second-round submission loss to MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in May’s Bellator 179 headliner, admits he didn’t quite get the fight he was expecting out of the former UFC title challenger. “Semtex” said he anticipated a more stand-up oriented fight, so when MacDonald dragged him to the mat early on, he was admittedly thrown off.

“I bought into what he was saying a little bit, but with my experience I should have known,” Daley told MMAjunkie. “When I get ready for a fight I try to look at their strengths – and I should have known – but I really thought Rory was going to stand. I just took him a little too lightly. I don’t take too much away from the fight. I wasn’t too disheartened. … I underperformed against a world-class fighter.”

Daley will have the chance to get back on the winning track when he takes on Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Bellator 183, which goes down Sept. 23 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

The pair have shared similar fight circuits over the years, dating back to when they both competed under the Strikeforce banner before the organization ceased operations in 2013. Daley said he didn’t mind much business to Larkin, though, mainly because at the time he was fighting in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions.

With both men now having settled in Bellator’s welterweight division, though, the matchup seemed like a natural fit. Daley, however, said it doesn’t get his blood boiling quite like some of his other recent fights, and that’s partially due to skillset.

“Obviously I’ve seen him compete in other promotions, but he wasn’t really a guy I ever thought I would fight until he signed with Bellator,” Daley said. “I wasn’t too interested in him. I know there was a whole big thing about who was going to sign him when he became a free agent, but I really didn’t give a (expletive). He’s not that interesting of a fighter to me. I’m not really phased by the name or the fact he’s beaten this guy or held a ranking. He’s below the level of fighter that I’m used to fighting.”

Larkin is primarily a striker, and along with Daley the pair have 40 knockouts in a combined 57 career victories. Daley said he hopes Larkin will test his striking skills in the bout, because few are willing to do as much.

“He’s a stand-up guy, and I really hope it stays standing up,” Daley said. “I legitimately think anyone who generally stays on the feet with me will lose the fight. They will lose by KO. The one person that’s beat me on the feet was Nick Diaz. The only person who has legitimately beat me standing up, didn’t go for a takedown or didn’t do anything other than want to trade with me, is Nick Diaz. No one else has beat me standing on the feet. The same will go with Lorenz Larkin. If he stays standing on the feet with me, he will lose. He will lose for sure.”

At 34, Daley said he’s keen on making another run toward the Bellator welterweight title, which is currently held by Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA). “The Phenom” beat Daley by unanimous decision in a non-title bout at Bellator 158 in July 2016, and since has gone on to capture the gold.

Lima’s first tile defense came against Larkin at Bellator NYC in June. It was a relatively one-sided fight in which Daley said he wasn’t all that impressed by the challenger, and he said Larkin will have to step up his game if he wants to win at Bellator 183.

Although Larkin is the No. 8 fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, Daley said there’s nothing about “The Monsoon” that instills fear in him. He believes a one-sided victory is coming his way if the fight stays standing, but even if Larkin attempts to mix things up and grapple or wrestle, Daley said there’s nothing that will stop him from the knockout.

“It’s going to be a bad night for Lorenz, trust me on that,” Daley said. “I don’t give a (expletive) if he’s fought at middleweight or whatever weight. I’ve knocked bigger guys out my whole career, and he’s just going to be another one of those if he chooses to keep it standing. … Either way the end will come. He’s not the toughest guy that I’ve fought. His wrestling isn’t saying too much. His ground game I’m not giving him in the fight. Aand his stand-up, I’m not too intimidated by it. I just hope he fights the way he’s fought in his career, and we’ll see what goes down.”

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Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin added to Bellator 183 on Sept. 23 in San Jose

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A significant welterweight bout between Paul Daley and Lorenz Larkin is the latest addition to September’s Bellator 183 lineup.

Bellator officials today confirmed the bout to MMAjunkie following an initial report from The Telegraph.

Bellator 183 takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) is coming off a second-round submission loss to Rory MacDonald in the main event of Bellator 179 in May. It was a one-sided loss in what was a No. 1 contender fighter in the welterweight division, but now the British knockout artist looks to rebound against a fighter he apparently doesn’t think very highly of.

“Larkin is overrated,” Daley told The Telegraph. “I think that I gave Douglas Lima more of a fight when we fought. I brought it to him 100 percent. I don’t feel like Larkin did that. Not to mention, I don’t think Lima feared Larkin, and as a result, he underperformed. I think even Rory [MacDonald] feared me standing up. Granted, he has the superior ground skills, but he feared a stand-up exchange with me. Let’s see what Larkin does in San Jose.”

Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), who moved over to Bellator from the UFC earlier this year as a free agent, was granted a 170-pound title shot against champ Douglas Lima in his promotional debut at Bellator NYC in June. He suffered a unanimous-decision loss and said getting a quick opportunity to rebound was essential.

“From the get-go with Scott [Coker], I made it clear that I want to stay active and get right back in there following my fights,” Larkin said. “After Bellator NYC I got a call, and I was chomping at the bit to take another high-level, competitive fight and right now, Paul [Daley] is that guy.”

The latest Bellator 183 card now includes:

  • Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire
  • Javy Ayala vs. Roy Nelson
  • Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Aaron Pico vs. opponent TBA

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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.”

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