Bellator welterweight Paul Daley has been unable to come to the United States due to a visa issue but the fighter wrote on Facebook today that his issue is being cleared up and is hopeful to be able to travel and compete in the United States soon.
“Great news, the legal issue I had hanging over my head, preventing my visa to the USA has been dropped, the 2nd issue resulted in a fine,” Daley wrote. “So fingers crossed, an application, and an appeal, should have my P-1 visa, and back fighting in the USA soon after CWFC 57.”
It was just last week that Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney told TheMMAReport.com that Daley was not in a good situation and could be facing prison time.
“Paul is having a very tough time and I understand that he is having a tough time, Rebney said. “Paul is waiting for what could likely be a sentence for him to go to prison. It’s not a good situation for him. He is under a lot of stress. We signed him to a contract, gave him a signing bonus and we have allowed him to fight I think four times outside the contract or three and the fourth one has now been contracted.”
If Daley is able to obtain a visa to come to the United States, he would be placed in the season nine Bellator welterweight tournament which will begin in September. Other fighters that are expected to compete in that tournament are Matthew Riddle, Karl Amoussou and Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver.