Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

Daley Comes Up Short Against Woodley

Paul Daley showcased his much improved takedown defence in his Strikeforce bout on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough to defeat skilled wrestler Tyron Woodley.

Daley had previously stated that he didn’t expect Woodley to pose as much of a threat as one of his former foes, Josh Koscheck.

In fact, Woodley only scored with two of his ten attempts to get Daley to the mat, but once there he was easily able to dominate the position. Woodley also utilised the clinch to his advantage, landing some impressive knees in both the first and third rounds.
Daley tried to rally late but to no avail and Woodley gained a deserved unanimous decision victory with all three judges scoring the bout 29-28.

Shortly after the bout Woodley spoke to Showtime Sports:

“He had a hard time getting off his back. After a few attempts and some good setups, I got him on his back, which he said I wasn’t going to do. So, I definitely think I exposed some holes. It was a good fight for me. I had to dig really dig and press, and I was happy I did it.”

He went on to say:

“I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I knew I was going to have to train harder than he did. [I thought] he would probably utilize his striking and try to sprawl and brawl. I knew I had to be slick in getting inside, because he’s a strong guy. I couldn’t get frustrated when I didn’t take him down, and I had to just keep going for it, which I did.”

I don’t believe that this is the end for Daley in Strikeforce, but it certainly takes him out of the title picture and leaves him in the middle of the welterweight pack.

I can see this loss paving the way for Daley to meet Nate Marquardt in the BAMMA promotion, and as a UK MMA fan I would love to see that fight take place.

Unfortunately for Daley, on a slightly unrelated note, Dana White re-iterated in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he would not be offering the tough Brit another opportunity in the UFC following his infamous post-fight antics last year.

UFC 138 Updates

Two more fights were heavily rumoured to have been added to the UFC 138 card this week, as it was announced that newcomers Vaughan Lee and Phil De Fries will likely make their debut at the event to be held in Birmingham on Nov. 5.

Lee, a bantamweight fighting out of the U.K.’s Ultimate Training Centre, is on a three-fight winning streak after defeating Marlon Jones by TKO last month at a Sprawl ‘N Brawl event. He will meet WEC veteran Chris Cariaso, who will be looking to solidify his position in the division after going 1-1 in his UFC career so far.

Phil De Fries (Bad Boy UK Magazine)

De Fries is undefeated so far in his fledgling MMA career, but he does hold wins over the likes of former UFC competitor Colin Robinson and notable British heavyweight Stav Economou. For a big guy, he does possess some good grappling skills, gaining each of his seven total wins by way of submission.

An opponent for De Fries has not yet been announced, but I can see someone like an Aaron Rosa, John Olav-Einemo, or Christian Morecraft stepping up to the challenge.

It was widely reported amongst the MMA press that another potential UFC debutant, Che Mills, had agreed to fight TUF 13’s Chris Cope on the same card. However, Mills has apparently already signed and agreed to meet Joey Villasenor at BAMMA 7 on Sept. 10, which casts this subsequent match-up into doubt.

It’s certainly possible that Mills could fight twice in two months but that is obviously dependant on how much damage he takes in his BAMMA bout. It is also arguable that the UFC may not want to risk losing a potential bout from their own event based on the outcome of a fight held in a different promotion.

It’s nice to see the UFC taking on more British talent, although it will be up to the fighters themselves to ensure they stick around.

I may be asking too much or speaking out of turn, but would anyone else like to see another international bout added to the main card – one that does not feature a British competitor?

UCMMA 22 Coming This Saturday

Dean Amasinger (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

As mentioned in last week’s Brits & Pieces, “UCMMA 22: Warrior Creed” takes place this Saturday, Aug. 6, at The Troxy in London.

The main event features a grudge match between MMA competitor turned reality TV star Alex Reid and Jason “Badass” Barrett, in what has become a highly charged and much anticipated bout.

Also on the card, UFC and TUF veteran Dean Amasinger faces dangerous kickboxer Luke Sines in a UK1 bout, which means no grappling and shorter rounds. Amasinger takes the place of Tom “Kong” Watson, who was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury.

Fans will be able purchase the card as a pay-per-view through Primetime Sports.

We will have all the news from the night’s most important fights on next week’s Brits & Pieces.

Top Photo: Paul Daley (white trunks) fighting off his back against Tyron Woodley at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” (Josh Hedges/Forza LLC)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA