Paul Daley may be walking away from the sport, but he couldn’t do it without adding one more highlight to his reel on home soil.
At Bellator 281 in London, “Semtex” detonated one last time with a crushing right hand to the jaw of Wendell Giacomo to cap off his exciting MMA career. It wasn’t an easy path to the final blow, but Daley overcame the grappling prowess of Giacomo to connect in a flurry, ending the fight at 4:09 in the second round.
Daley celebrated the win inside the cage with his family, as he walks away from the sport after recording his 44th professional MMA victory.
Check out the reactions on social media to Daley’s curtain call below.
Daley was getting dominated on the ground, turned things around and did this in his final MMA fight. Poetic. pic.twitter.com/LfmslURGDV
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 13, 2022
PAUL “SEMTEX” DALEY!!!! What a way to finish your career. Absolute monster of a knockout. Wembley Arena just went bananas. #Bellator281
— Simon Head (@simonhead) May 13, 2022
I want as many K.O’s as @Semtex_170 in my career.
A Prolific finisher and the true King Of Violence!
— Dominique Wooding (@RealDWooding) May 13, 2022
The end is often sad in combat sports, but not for Paul Daley. What a way to cap off an amazing career.
Truly an all-time savage. Enjoy retirement, Semtex! #Bellator281 pic.twitter.com/Cdp4WX6pJ3
— Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) May 13, 2022
All that Paul Daley KO needed was a Mauro Ranallo “Mamma Mia.”
Can we get that dubbed over please peeps?#Bellator281
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) May 13, 2022
@Semtex_170 congratulations on another great ko and a legendary career!
— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) May 13, 2022
Helluva career Paul Daly, not many get to go out like that 👏🏼
Retirement well and truly earned 👏🏼
— Paul Redmond (@RedserMma) May 13, 2022
Respect to Paul Daley wild KO power and that one round with nick Diaz will always be one of the best rounds ever!
— Billy Quarantillo (@BillyQMMA) May 13, 2022