Paul Daley Claims Innocence Over Arrest Reports, But Is Still Out Of Bellator Tournament

Former UFC star Paul Daley has been forced to withdraw from his next Bellator fight, the first on the promotions new home of Spike TV, after being refused entry into North America. The reported reason for his inability to enter the country is that he has been charged with assault stemming from a bar fight. This disappointing news means that Daley will also not take part in the Bellator season 8 tournament.

Josh Gross from ESPN.com broke the news, and is reporting that if Daley is found guilty, he could face up to 2 years in prison.

According to the fighter himself, the story is nonsense, and his VISA has not yet been denied, simply delayed. Speaking through his Facebook account, Daley relayed the following message

"It's seems as though a mass press release has gone out to the MMA media, stating I was involved in a bar brawl, arrested, and cannot obtain a P-1 visa to compete in the USA....I am currently awaiting a decision on my visa, which is not expected until late April. Which means i am unable to compete in the season 8 Bellator tournament, as it starts in January. I will be fighting in Europe in the coming months, so I am able to stay active while awaiting a decision on my visa status. I was not involved in a bar brawl. This is 100% a false statement."

29 year old Paul "Semtex" Daley (32-12) is a well travelled veteran who has fought all over the globe, including stints in Strikeforce, Cage Rage, Pancrase, Elite XC, Cage Warriors, BAMMA and the UFC. Daley has only managed the one fight for Bellator so far, scoring a stunning first round knockout over Rudy Spears at Bellator 72.

Daley is not a stranger to controversy. He has missed weight multiple times throughout his career, and was released from the UFC when he attempted to land a left hook on Josh Koscheck after losing a decision at UFC 113.

With Daley insisting his innocence completely going against reports of his arrest, we will have to wait and see how this plays out. Until then, i recommend you Addicts stick with us as we bring you updates.

Source: http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/8779393/paul-daley-removed-bellator-tournament-arrest-england

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Published by Lee Rabey - Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:46

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