Daley Says Winning Bellator Title Is Top Priority
Posted on 12 Sep 2015
by MMAScoops.com Staff
MMAjunkie recently spoke to Bellator MMA fighter Paul Daley, who discussed his upcoming kickboxing match with Fernando Gonzalez and more. Below are some highlights.
Daley on his first priority: “My priority first and foremost is the championship. I can beat Koreshkov, I want to beat (Douglas) Lima, and I want the belt.”
Daley on a potential rematch with Josh Koscheck: “The Koscheck fight, I presume, will have to happen after (a title). Koscheck is on his way out and is trying to take the Bellator title from a big rival at the same time.”
Daley on his level at kickboxing: “Kickboxing was always to supplement my MMA career. It came about when I was fighting amateur MMA in the U.K., and there weren’t many amateur competitions, so I began to kickbox, which I thought was amateur, but it ended up that I was professional straight away. Contrary to popular opinion, I’ve always trained in all aspects of MMA from the very beginning. I wanted to be the best, and kickboxing kind of took over because I found out I was good at it. That’s why my caliber and level in kickboxing precedes my level in MMA, because I was fighting at a very high level immediately.”
His thoughts on Josh Koscheck: “Koscheck is now on a four-fight losing streak. His relevance is not as it used to be, whereas I’m performing well, Bellator is promoting me, and people are still interested in seeing me fight. Ask about Koscheck, and not everybody’s interested. For him to do that shows me how much he needs me to stay relevant. He can fight anybody else, but it won’t be the fight everyone wants to see.”