With one of the most devastating striking games in all of mixed martial arts,
Coming off a win in the Cage Warriors promotion in his home country of England, Daley spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about the choice he made recently to retire and then what caused him to come back to the sport he loves.
"I kind of lost direction," he said about his retirement. "There wasn't many fights that I was enjoying, like I sort of fell out of the mode of being a fan and started being a fighter. I really wasn't enjoying the sport. I was just training to fight. And a few big fights that I wanted to see sort of gave me the inspiration to be like, 'hey, this is a (expletive) great sport.' There's a lot of great fighters out there that I admire and respect and there's some good fights that happened and it sort of gave me the drive to think that I could get back in there. I'm as good as these people and I could do a great benefit for this sport."
Now with a renewed focus, Daley is ready to conquer the world. Recently the British fighter was actually offered the winner of the upcoming welterweight title fight between
"I want to be the best I can be. I really feel like there's very few people that have the talent that I have in this sport," Daley said. "I go in there every fight and my aim is to knock somebody out and I believe I can still do that. But right now I didn't feel I was ready."
What Daley may get instead is a welterweight test on Sept. 20 at an event that MMAWeekly.com confirmed with EliteXC vice president
He also confirmed that Daley is in consideration for the card, but no opponent or contracts have been offered up as of yet.
Regardless of opponent, Daley is shooting for being the best in the world and he didn't rule out a move to 160 pounds to face current champion
"K.J. Noons seems to be the perfect fight for me," he said. "Because this guy thinks he's a stand-up fighter, and from what I've seen, this guy's real sloppy. Yeah, he has a punch in him, but I've been hit by harder (hitting) guys. Like I said with the
Daley isn't shy about what his goals are and with four fights left on his current EliteXC contract, he has plenty of time to take on a number of challengers in either weight class.
"I want to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world," Daley said.
"I don't give a (expletive).