Koscheck vs. Daley II Co-Headlines ‘Bellator 158: Kimbo vs. Thompson II’ In London
MMA Junkie – As expected Josh Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Paul Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will finally meet again, and they’ll do so in Bellator 158’s co-headliner.
Bellator President Scott Coker previously told MMAjunkie he was planning to book the long-awaited grudge match for this summer, and ahead of a press conference today in London, the organization formally unveiled the welterweight matchup (via Twitter).
The event, formally dubbed “Bellator 158: London,” takes place July 16 at The O2 in London, and the main card airs on Spike. As reported on Sunday, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and James Thompson (20-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) rematch in the heavyweight headliner.
Koscheck and Daley have bad blood that goes back six years. They first met at UFC 113 in May 2010 in a lackluster affair that saw Koscheck win by unanimous decision. The most noteworthy part of the bout, however, came after the final bell when Daley landed a sucker-punch while Koscheck’s back was turned.
The Koscheck vs. Daley fight is interesting because of the bad blood between these two fighters. They do not like each other one bit due to how their first fight unfolded. That will hopefully build a little interest heading into this card…especially since these guys do no lack in the personality department. I see this contest ending a little differently though. I do not believe Koscheck will be able to hold Daley down like he did at UFC 113. I anticipate Paul Daley’s power being the difference maker in London and that will lead to a long night for Josh Koscheck…by long night, I mean short night when ‘Semtex’ explodes all over Josh Koscheck’s chin. Wow, that sounded a lot dirtier than I intended. I mean he will punch his face repeatedly.