British fighters don't need to move to the States - Daley

ESPN staff
April 27, 2010

Paul Daley has rubbished the suggestion that England's best Mixed Martial Artists need to transfer their training camps to the US in order to finally clinch a UFC title.

After a week that has seen four new British additions to the UFC, including England's top heavyweight Rob Broughton and undefeated world record holder Paul Sass, Daley assessed his home nation's chances of claiming UFC gold.

Daley recently watched as Team Rough House stable mate Dan Hardy lost England's first crack at a UFC title against Georges St-Pierre, and now it is Daley himself who stands closer than anyone to finding the winning formula. Victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 would put the knockout artist next in line for a shot at St-Pierre - most likely after the pair have coached on The Ultimate Fighter 12 series.

However, GSP's exceptional wrestling base proved too good for Hardy back at UFC 111, and Daley will face the same conundrum should he beat Koscheck - a fine wrestler in his own right. MMA critics have suggested Britons simply cannot compete with the collegiate background of the top US wrestlers, but Daley insists the problem can be overcome.

"English fighters don't need to live in the US to conquer the game's top wrestlers," he told ESPN.co.uk

"Dan went five rounds with GSP, and that was after spending two weeks in the US and the rest of his camp here. It's not so much about where you train; it's about how you train.

"We've got an awesome team at the Rough House; rather than going to the US why can't we get the best people to come over here? That's what I've done for this fight. I've had some top people from the US come over here. That's the way Joe Calzaghe did it as a boxer, that's how Carl Froch does it.

"You don't need to train with the big names if you're making sure you're training right. Martin Kampmann worked with Randy Couture, did it help him in my fight? No. Mike Swick trains with a great team. Did it help him against Dan? No."

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