"I apologize to Shirai and the fans for missing weight. Although the fight is 3 rounds now, I only need 1 round to knock him out. The fans come to see me win the title but I promise them, title or not, I'll win this fight and win it in style. Then I'm going after Diaz and I want to send him out the message that I mean business with my performance (tonight)."
You mad? Well, Paul Daley wants to make sure you know that he's sorry for missing weight for the fifth time in 11 fights and he'll make up for it by knocking out Yuya Shirai in the main event of BAMMA 5 tonight (Feb. 26) in Manchester, England. Because of his failure to successfully make the 170-pound limit, the fight will no longer be a five-round title fight as originally planned. Instead, they'll go the normal 15 minutes that come with a three-round contest. That's okay with "Semtex," who says he'll knock Shirai out within the first five minutes. Is he taking the DEEP welterweight champion too lightly? Or is the Japanese judo sensation just a stepping stone on the way to Daley vs. Nick Diaz in Strikeforce?