British MMA legend Paul Daley has ruled out making a return to MMA ahead of his retirement fight at Bellator 281.
‘Semtex’ will compete in combat sports for the last time in London at the SSE Wembley Arena on Friday when he takes on Brazilian Wendell Giácomo in Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s first welterweight title fight.
Before he retires, Daley is confident he won’t be like many fighters returning to the sport.
The 39-year-old is also pretty sure he won’t be tempted by the lucrative payouts currently available in the boxing world.
“In my mind, I’m done with all combat sports. There are always some great offers coming out of the woodwork, but for me I think the whole fight is over,” Daley told talkSPORT.
After 63 professional MMA fights, Daley is looking forward to a well-deserved rest, but if things don’t work out, he thinks his lack of ego will allow him to make money without fighting.
“I’m an egoless guy,” he said.
“If the worst comes to the worst and what I’ve planned doesn’t work out, I’ll get myself a weekend job at Tesco and stack shelves for some change.”
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Daley goes through the stages ahead of what will be a momentous occasion at Bellator’s final show in London.
The vicious knockout artist expects the magnitude of it all to hit him in the hours before his final competition.
“It’s going to be emotional. I just hope I can make it to the ring,” he said.
“I’m ready to shed a few tears and I probably will.
“I just want to get in the cage and compete – if I can do that I’m happy.
“I know it’s going to be emotional and that’s probably why I’m not too excited about fight week.”
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