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Paul Daley explains why he turned down ‘very profitable opportunity’ to field Dan Hardy


LONDON – Paul Daley reveals he nearly laced up the boxing gloves, but rejected the offer.

Daley (23-18-2 MMA, 9-5 BMMA) meets Wendell Giacomo (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) Friday at OVO Arena Wembley in London, the put he plans on making his closing stroll.

Nonetheless prior to this fight booking, Daley says he used to be offered a boxing match in opposition to ex-UFC welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy, but opted now not to consume it out of appreciate to their prior relationship increasing up. Hardy shall be boxing Diego Sanchez as a substitute in an eight, two-minute round exhibition boxing bout on July 2 at AO Arena in Manchester, England.

“I had an offer to fight Dan, and I’m now not even distinct if Dan knows, but I even have electronic mail proof and text proof that I used to be offered a actually profitable opportunity to fight a ragged teammate,” Daley told MMA Junkie Wednesday at Bellator 281 media day. “Nonetheless I wouldn’t conclude that because even supposing me and Dan aren’t as end as we have been, at this stage after we started off within the game, we roughly grew collectively to a distinct stage and it’s admire even even though you grow aside, you continue to have that bond.”

He continued, “Realistically, I don’t design the money or the model of names I’d fight being thrown my capacity so this is gonna be my closing fight.”

A reputation that can have been of hobby to Daley for a boxing match is ragged UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who defeated him in July 2011 below the Strikeforce banner. Daley says he in actuality requested Woodley to field him, but Woodley declined.

“I messaged Tyron straight after he got knocked out by Jake Paul and he declined to consume a fight so as that he would score a rematch with Jake Paul,” Daley mentioned. “I messaged him straight and he answered. He doesn’t settle on the fight.”

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