After years of building a career in MMA in America… UK fighters cannot wait for homecoming at Bellator 179 in London


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‘It’s going to be crazy’

Paul Daley, Liam McGeary and Linton Vassell have spent most of their careers in America and cannot wait to fight in London

PAUL DALEY, Liam McGeary and Linton Vassell are thriving off the fact it is their HOMECOMING at Bellator 179.

To pursue a career in MMA, plenty of Brits are forced to go across the pond and make a name for themselves, forcing some to relocate completely.

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Paul Daley is one of three Brits who cannot wait to fight at Wembley

But Friday evening at Wembley Arena, it is a chance for these three homegrown fighters to put a show on for their English fans.

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Daley is fighting former UFC star Rory MacDonald as the main event on a thrilling card in London, as McGeary and Vassell will also lock horns.

Daley – also known as ‘Semtex’ – will not let the occasion get to him, despite the fact he is the main event on a card in his homeland.

He previously headlined Wembley Arena when he became champion of Cage Rage when he was just 23 and also fought in London at Bellator 158 in July last year.

The 33-year-old has already headlined at Wembley

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The 33-year-old has already headlined at Wembley

Having been there and done it, Daley is relaxed and calm, insisting he feels at home at Wembley Arena.

The 33-year-old said: “I have headlined Wembley before, I have done this all before. It’s not intimidating, it’s not on my mind.

“I am just thinking about the fight, the fact where I am on the card doesn’t mean anything. I am here to fight.

“I am happy I am on familiar territory, as far as Wembley.

“Not necessarily the U.K. but Wembley in particular feels like home to me, so I am comfortable, It’s going to be a great fight.”

And Semtex’s prediction was short and straight to the point: “They [English fans] are going to see a great fight, me victorious and a great night of entertainment.

“It will be nothing but a Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley win.”

Rory MacDonald is set for his Bellator debut after a stint with UFC

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Rory MacDonald is set for his Bellator debut after a stint with UFC

Paul Daley is not fazed of what’s ahead on Friday evening

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Paul Daley is not fazed of what’s ahead on Friday evening

And while Daley seems calm and composed, McGeary and Vassell are raring to go and cannot wait to make a point to the home crowd on Friday.

The two light heavyweights will go up against each other before the main event.

McGeary has lived in New York for five years but still refers to the Channel Islands as his home and he cannot wait for his first fight in London.

He said: “[Fighting in London] That is what I am buzzing about. It’s good to be home, it’s good to have my friends and family able to come down. It’s London!

“It’s the feeling itself. I have never fought in London before and I am willing to put on a show.

“London is definitely going to see a knockout.”

But his opponent, Vassell, who is from Milton Keynes is equally as excited as McGeary to step foot in an octagon in England’s capital.

Vassell said: “London is not my home, but it is very close. It’s a good hour-long drive. I seriously cannot wait for it.

“I have been fighting for 11 years now and the support I do get from the U.K. fans is amazing and I haven’t fought in the U.K. for the last four years.

“So you know, everyone is coming to support. It’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be mad.

“I am 100 per cent going to put a show on, it’s my homecoming! So I have got to put a show on for the fans and for myself.”

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