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Paul 'Semtex' Daley to return against Bojan 'Zelva' Kosednar at Cage Warriors

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British mixed martial arts sensation Paul "Semtex" Daley (17-6-2) will make his return to the cage after a five month hiatus from the sport, according to Daley sited personal reasons for his short-lived retirement, but is apparently ready to get back into the swing of things.

In his last fight, Daley knocked out Sam Morgan with some nasty standing elbows at a January Sho XC Challenger Series event in Atlantic City, NJ. Other notable wins for the explosive Cage Rage welterweight champ include Duane Ludwig, Jess Liaudin, Mark Weir and Xavier Foupa-Pokam.

He'll stay close to home in his re-debut, fighting on July 12 in his hometown of Nottingham, England, at Cage Warriors: "Enter the Rough House 7" -- a promotion usually geared toward up and coming fighters -- against undefeated Slovenian Bojan "Zelva" Kosednar (6-0).

Here's a quote from Daley on the decision to fight for Cage Warriors:

"I needed a fight. I needed something to bring about greater focus. I approached them [Cage Warriors]. They run a great show in my hometown, and a lot of my friends and family have never seen me fight live."

"Zelva" is not an walk in the park for Daley's first fight back. He has increased his level of competition in each fight since his August 2007 debut, most recently winning a decision over a very tough and experienced Fabricio Nascimento (19-6) in May.

"Semtex" will need to be in top form to be able to handle the strength Kosednar brings to the table.

Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean had this to say on the July 12 return for "Semtex:"

"I wanted to make it a competitive bout and I think we have done that with a dangerous, unbeaten fighter. And to his credit, Daley leapt at the opportunity to fight him, and I think it has re-energized him as well."

If Daley is victorious in this bout, hopefully he'll make his way back to the states and either onto a Showtime or CBS televised card under the Elite XC banner.

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