Bellator Denies Paul Daley Has Been Released from His Contract

Paul Daley says he asked for his release from Bellator and received it but the promotion says otherwise

If Paul Daley has been released from his contract, that comes as news to Bellator MMA.

On Thursday, Daley revealed in a post on Facebook that he was granted his release from Bellator after reaching out to the organization about severing ties following his anger over the current landscape of the promotion, especially regarding what he believed was preferential treatment of top British prospect Michael “Venom” Page.

“I have politely asked for my release from Bellator MMA, which they have agreed to,” Daley wrote.

“Once I have the paperwork through, stating that I am free to fight elsewhere, I will be looking to fight out my last 18 months in this sport with the organization that can put together the most exciting fights for my loyal fans.”

Despite Daley’s insistence that he’s been released, Bellator officials quickly shot that down and denied that he’s no longer part of the organization.

“It’s not true. Daley is still signed with Bellator,” Bellator officials stated in an email on Thursday.

Daley last competed in Bellator this past September when he earned a vicious second round knockout against former UFC welterweight contender Lorenz Larkin.

There’s been no word on Daley’s return to action since that time outside of his recent declaration that he planned on fighting out his contract with Bellator before leaving the organization.

That may be still be the plan long term but at least as of right now, Daley remains a Bellator MMA fighter.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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