This past Saturday at Bellator 170, knockout artist Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley picked up another highlight reel knockout as he knocked Brennan Ward out with a vicious flying knee in the co-main event. The win returned Daley to the win column after dropping a unanimous decision to Douglas Lima at Bellator 158 back in July of 2016, which snapped a 5-fight win streak for ‘Semtex’.
The flying knee of course left Ward with a horrific cut on the side of his face, an image of the injury has since gone viral as fight fans and social media users have all collectively gazed at the photo in awe.
Paul Daley's flying knee did a real number on Brennen Ward's face. I'm going to go cry now. pic.twitter.com/ejauEYb6Eg
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) January 22, 2017
Following the fight, Daley called out former top ranked UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald, who signed with Bellator MMA in 2016.
MacDonald took to Twitter this week to respond to the Paul Daley callout
— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 22, 2017
While MacDonald of course signed with Bellator in 2016, he has yet to make his Bellator debut. Upon signing with the promotion, the Red King explained that he wouldn’t be fighting until summer of 2017 so as to let injuries heal up, and have work done on his nose after the damage sustained in his fight with Robbie Lawler and his most recent fight with Stephen Thompson.
MacDonald of course was once touted as one of the most promising prospects in the UFC, the first of the ‘new age’ of MMA fighters who began their journey training in all disciplines of MMA rather than being a specialist at one. Unfortunately for MacDonald, in his two most recent Octagon outings he came up short, dropping a 5th round TKO to Robbie Lawler in a fight for the welterweight title which he was reportedly winning on the scorecards, and then dropping a unanimous decision to Stephen Thompson.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/24/2017.