by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Paul Daley not only lost a shot at the UFC welterweight title and a coaching position on the “Ultimate Fighter”, but he lost his job and will never be invited to fight in the Octagon again.
Pulling no punches after the event, UFC president Dana White stated emphatically that they will not stand for the type of behavior displayed by Daley when he sucker punched Josh Koscheck following their fight on Saturday night.
“He’s done. I don’t give a (expletive) if he’s the best 170lber in the world. He’ll never come back here again. He’ll never come back.”
According to White, Daley’s excuse for the action was that he didn’t know the fight was over and didn’t hear the horn. Obviously the UFC president didn’t fall for the explanation and Daley was cut from the UFC permanently.
“I’m probably the most lenient guy in sports and this is probably one of the most lenient organizations, and we’re all human, we all make mistakes, things happen…there’s no excuse for that,” said White. “These guys are professional athletes, you don’t ever hit a guy after the bell like that. Frustrated or not. It was probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen because he is a talented guy, and he is one of the best 170lbers in the world, and I was actually impressed with his takedown defense.”
Koscheck also said after the fight that Daley was shoving his fingers in his eyes on the ground, and White once again said that kind of behavior is completely uncalled for and will not be tolerated in the UFC.
“The stuff like the eye gouging, the hit after the bell, all that stuff, that will not ever be tolerated and he’s done. I don’t care if he fights in every show all over the world and becomes the best, and everybody thinks he’s the best pound-for-pound in the world, he will never fight in the UFC, ever again,” White stated.
White’s final word for Paul Daley after UFC 113.