ESPN is reporting that Bellator have at last reached an agreement with British MMA star, Paul Daley. The MMA promotion and Daley have inked an extension of his contract
The 170 pound contender was planned to be an entrant in the upcoming welterweight tournament when it was first announced.
However, he was not confirmed for the tournament until Wednesday as negotiations on a new contract with Bellator were ongoing. Daley’s contract had ran out and the British fighter was reportedly planning on testing the waters of free agency.
High-profile MMA manager, Ali Abdelaziz called it a testament to the promotion that they struck this deal with his client. According to Abdelaziz, Daley was set on the idea of free agency.
Ariel Helwani added on Twitter that Bellator execs are planning on matching Daley with heated rival Michael Venom Page in the tournament first round.
Daley is one of the best 170 pounders in the world but the other incentive to have him in the tourney was to set the stage for the MVP bout. MMA fans have anticipated a potential bout between the rivals for some time.
The 170 pound tournanment kicks-off in September on the first Bellator card to stream on DAZN. Some huge fights are planned to broadcast on Eddie Hearn’s streaming service, DAZN. As well as the first bout in the 170 pound GP, a huge superfight between Rory MacDonald and Gegard Mousasi will headline that card.
Bellator are making moves in the MMA world in 2018.