UFC Quick Quote: 'Semtex' Daley to light up welterweights with his fists inside the Octagon

"My nickname gives something away a bit. Obviously, ‘Semtex’ is explosive. I let my fists fly with bad intentions and I’m no fun for my opponents. I’m a fighter’s fighter and I just love to fight. I love getting in there and knocking people out. My style was something that just came naturally to me and I’ve grown into it as time has gone on. I just want to kick and punch the other guy as hard as I can. That’s fighting.... I look to keep fights standing and knock my ­opponent clean out. I’ll always give up a submission or a takedown to stand and spark somebody out. Knockouts are the ­ultimate spectacle. There are many 170-pounders that I’d love to get my claws into. I want to fight anybody that thinks they know how to strike. I want to show the UFC ­welterweight division what ­striking is all about."

-- Paul "Semtex" Daley talks to the Daily Star about what mixed martial arts fans, as well as his opponents, can expect when the Nottingham, England, native makes his Octagon debut against fellow promotional newcomer, Brian Foster (10-3), at UFC 103 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 19. The heavy-handed 26-year-old boasts 16 (technical) knockout wins in 21 career bouts (more than 75 percent). However, he is often criticized for his ground game, or lack thereof, for which he apparently makes no excuses (he has lost five times via submission in his eight career losses). So can "Semtex" punch and kick his way toward the top of the loaded 170-pound division or is he just too one dimensional to make a long-term impact?

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