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Bellator icon Paul Daley says only the fights of Michael Page, Jorge Masvidal and Nick Diaz would lure him out of MMA retirement

PAUL DALEY says Michael Page, Jorge Masvidal and Nick Diaz are the only names that could lure him out of retirement.

Even the money would have to be “ridiculous” to lure the 64-year-old combat veteran back on stage after a glittering 19-year career.

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“Semtex” earned his nickname as one of the most explosive forwards in MMA history
Paul Daley secured a stunning KO against Wendell Giacomo in a career farewell match at Bellator 281 in May

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Paul Daley secured a stunning KO against Wendell Giacomo in a career farewell match at Bellator 281 in MayCredit: Lucas Noonan/ Bellator MMA
Daley said only fights with Masvidal, Diaz and MVP would lure him back

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Daley said only fights with Masvidal, Diaz and MVP would lure him backCredit: Lucas Noonan/ Bellator MMA

The 39-year-old has been enjoying the simple pleasures like a pack of chips since stepping out of the octagon with a vintage KO from Wendell Giacomo at Bellator 281 in May.

In a rematch with Diaz, he could avenge his only KO loss and this time could have a chance to end Masvidal.

He told SunSport: “The money has to be ridiculous or one of those legendary fights that people remember.

“Masvidal, Nick Diaz and even though it’s not a fight, people remember I said the MVP fight.

“The build-up didn’t do justice to the scale of the struggle. They had it in New York. It should have been at Wembley.

“Bellar got that wrong. The judges got the result wrong and Bellator got the promotion wrong,

“So if the money is right and everything was done right, that would be a fight I would come back for.

“Other than that two fights or seven numbers for the page fight, I don’t care.”

Of his 64 fights, Daley won 44 and built a reputation as a fighter who dished out explosive knockouts

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Of his 64 fights, Daley won 44 and built a reputation as a fighter who dished out explosive knockoutsCredit: Lucas Noonan/ Bellator MMA
The Wembley-born icon emotionally ended her career at Wembley Arena

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The Wembley-born icon emotionally ended her career at Wembley ArenaCredit: Lucas Noonan/ Bellator MMA

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Daley became one of the most dangerous, explosive knockout artists with his fan-friendly style.

But despite global fame and the increasing glitz and glamor of the MMA scene, Daley has remained a regular guy.

And he says that ever since he hung up his gloves, he’s enjoyed the freedom to treat himself to a packet of chips or a candy bar.

He added: “It’s the food. I have to think about it less. If I want a packet of chips, I’ll take a packet of chips or a candy bar.”

“I still work out every morning and do an hour of cardio.

“As my hand gets better, I’ll hit the pads again and do Brazilian jiujitsu as well.”

When Daley took the stage for Cage Warriors in 2003, MMA wasn’t yet on all social media.

The Nottingham icon says he misses those old-school days with HBO 24/7 and Showtime All Access giving aspiring fighters a platform.

He said: “For me, a lot of stories are missed. That got me into sports.

“First the martial arts aspect and second HBO 24/7 or Showtime All Access.

“The UFC used to do their little thing when they followed the fighters.

“Now you only see what’s being shared on social media and half of it isn’t real.

“I’m attached to the stories and the sport will grow when fans can really connect to a fighter’s life instead of something they see on social media.”

Daley was born at Park Royal Hospital, less than 10 minutes’ drive from Wembley Arena – the place where he said goodbye to MMA.

Many of his early fights were spent in his Cage Rage playground, and he says it was the perfect place to end his career.

He added: “There was no other place in the world where I would have liked to end my career.

“I learned from the mistakes I made. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”

“All European Bellator shows in 2022 will be available live on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. US Bellator shows will stream live on BBC iPlayer and fans can catch up on US action with the new BBC Three Bellator Highlights show.”

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