"Semtex" vs. "Hands of Steel." That has a nice ring to it.
After Scott Smith had apparently signed on the dotted line to face Jesse Finney on December 4 in St. Louis at Strikeforce: "Henderson vs. Babalu," the powers that be have had a change of heart and matched up the free-swinging fighter with another slugger, Paul Daley.
Can't say I blame them.
The promotion confirmed the match up earlier today.
"Semtex" recently defeated Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13 by unanimous decision and Daniel Acacio via submission at Impact FC 2, making it back-to-back wins for the Brit since falling to Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 earlier this year.
The match with "Kos" was also his last inside the Octagon -- thanks to a cheap shot he unloaded on the AKA wrestler out of frustration from losing in their number one contender bout.
Smith (17-7) recently split a pair of fights with former Strikeforce 185-pound Champion Cung Le. After a "miracle in San Jose," one that saw "Hands of Steel" pull of yet another patented comeback stoppage, Smith was finished early by the San Shou striker in their June 26 rematch.
The former UFC middleweight now stands at 3-2 since being acquired in the Elite XC rummage sale and appears to be making good on his promise to drop to 170-pounds.
Hands are sure to fly, and a body is sure to drop.
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