Paul Daley blasts Bellator, claims contract clause kept him from fighting

Copyright: Martin McNeil

This might come as a shock to you, but there is another MMA fighter currently unhappy with his Bellator contract.

Bellator contracts are in the news ... again.

While they don't seen to scare away some former UFC fighters, like Vladimir Matyushenko, they kept others from signing on the dotted line, like Chris Weidman.

Then there's that whole Eddie Alvarez thing.

Now, UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley, who joined the Viacom family back in 2012, has become increasingly frustrated with Bellator's decision to keep him sidelined while he sorts out his visa issues, which prevented his inclusion in the promotion's recent 170-pound tournament.

"Semtex" vents via his official Facebook page:

Just got word Bellator have refused to allow me to fight yet another opponent!!!
Its becoming really frustrating that even though they are not my managers, they can approve my fights.

I've got great fights offered to keep me busy fighting and earning, and they seem to want to put a stop to this....all this while, having to pay for my OWN legal costs on a matter that influence my visa outcome...and my ability to fight for the promotion (Bellator) Its bullshit.

There's a lot more too...with regards to other promoters having to PAY Bellator a "Booking fee" for using me on there shows?....


Pay to play.

Daley (32-12) won his Bellator debut with a first-round technical knockout finish over Rudy Bears last July. Since being stuck across the pond, the heavy-handed Brit has managed to rack up consecutive knockout wins over Patrick Vallee in Ireland and Rodrigo Ribeiro in Dubai.

If and when he fights again, remains to be seen, but I'm sure the powers that be won't be in a big hurry to let him fight elsewhere after "Semtex" took them to task.

Stay tuned.

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