British slugger Paul Daley (23-8-2, 2-0 in the UFC) has certainly let his presence be known since throwing his fists into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight mix late last year.
After disposing of one-time title contender Martin Kampmann in vicious fashion at UFC 103, Daley was given a chance to prove it was no fluke when he took on submission ace Dustin Hazelett at UFC 108. All he did there was turn in an even more dominating performance earning himself "Knockout of the Night" honors.
Looks like company president Dana White saw what we saw because the Telegraph is reporting that "Semtex" has been locked down by the Zuffa brass for six more fights.
And with a fight scheduled against Josh Koscheck for UFC 113 in a few months, this calculated move is significant.
That's because the winner of the match will likely be next in line for a title shot against the winner of the Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy match at UFC 111. With the heavy hands that Daley possesses, any fight he is involved in could end at any time, which obviously makes for exciting fights.
Couple those skills with his undeniable ability to jaw, and the UFC has got themselves a fighter worthy of big promotional dollars.
But first things first for the Brit -- Koscheck is undoubtedly his toughest test in the Octagon to date. Does he have enough firepower to put "Kos" to sleep, or will Josh's relentless pace and great wrestling be too much for Semtex to handle?
Let's hear it, Maniacs.