Bellator 241: Homasi vs Daley Preview
By James Lee
As UK fight fans prepare for next weekend’s two events in London, a fight this weekend going under the radar is a contest between England’s Paul Daley and American Sabah Homasi.
With Bellator 241 set to be headlined by the opening of the featherweight Grand Prix, the welterweight clash between the pair will seemingly be lost upon the middle of the main card.
Much like the pair were lost in last year’s welterweight tournament, very few outline the two when they think of the 170 lbs fighter in Bellator, but they are arguably the two most exciting.
There is little anybody can say to discredit what Daley has done in the sport. Although his record doesn’t exactly picture one of the sport’s most successful. Daley is one of a rare old-school breed that is still alive in the sport where they fought anybody at any time and in Daley’s case, that has been for 17 years so far.
Unfortunately, those from the outside might remember him for his infamous moment at UFC 113, but his emotional, aggressive attitude is why many are drawn to him. It cannot be forgotten he has fought some of the greatest welterweight fighters in history like Nick Diaz, Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal, but as he now ventures into perhaps the last stage of his career, he should not be taken for granted.
As most won’t remember Homasi’s stint in the UFC, those that did can be little but excited for Friday’s contest. Although unsuccessful in all three of his contests in the sport’s premier promotion, he fought some of the welterweight division’s most dangerous and showed assets that can translate to a promising, sustained future in the sport, especially amongst fans.
His Bellator return in August lasted just 17 seconds as Micah Terrill fell to a knockout punch as the ATT fighter silently paraded.
Despite an inconsistent record, his fights rarely go to the distance and by adding Daley’s similar finishing pedigree, it is highly likely the ending should be expected at any time from when the contest begins.
Unfortunately though, many will be unaware the fight is taking place, even the majority of those who regularly follow the sport. The fight will be yet another example of the poor marketing from Bellator and much like Daley’s fight with Michael ‘Venom’ Page, the contest will be held away from primetime in the UK, which shall sadly drive a miniscule amount of the interest from the UK audience.
It is kind of desolate that ‘Semtex’ has become the forgotten man of mixed martial arts in this country because of a disconnect from the Bellator and the UK public.
As he was once amongst Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy leading the line in the West of Europe, he is now behind many across several different promotions; some who are evidently less skilled.
Daley should and hopefully will be remembered as one of most important and exciting figures in the sport from a UK perspective and it is an unfortunate state of affairs his UFC time was cut short.
Although he was unlikely to ever reach the highest threshold of the sport, he would still be amongst an exciting welterweight division
A lack of marketing may affect Daley’s career at the end, but for now, it is time to appreciate his role and the thrilling fight ahead this Friday.