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Paul Daley Leaves No Doubt, He Wants to Fight in the UFC, but Would Dana White Have Him Back?

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Paul Daley at UFC 108Paul Daley was recently cut loose by Bellator MMA due to ongoing legal issues, and is free to fight for whomever wants him.

Having fought for the UFC in the past and currently on a four-fight winning streak, would he ever be welcomed back to fight in the Octagon?

It doesn’t appear so.

When told that Daley has mentioned that he would like to come back to the UFC, company president Dana White seemed somewhat surprised and not too thrilled with the idea.

“He wants to come back now? I thought he hated this place,” White said in his UFC on Fox 8 post-fight scrum with reporters. “I don’t think so.”

Whether White thinks it’s a good idea or not, Daley made it clear that he would welcome the opportunity.

“Given the opportunity Dana, I would be right back in there, please just send me that contract,” he posted on his Facebook page over the weekend.

Daley was unceremoniously released by the UFC following his UFC 113 bout with Josh Koscheck in May of 2010. Daley lost the fight via unanimous decision, but was handed his walking papers before leaving the arena that night for cheap-shotting Koscheck after the fight had concluded.

During the event’s post-fight press conference UFC president Dana White said, “He’ll never come back here again. He’ll never come back.”

So far, it appears that White is ready to hold true to that statement, although Daley has long apologized for the incident and yearned for a return.

“After the incident with Koscheck, the apology was immediate. I made a public apology. Everybody knows I’m not proud of what happened,” Daley told MMAWeekly Radio in 2011. “I don’t take any pride in what I did after the Koscheck fight, but I feel like, purely based on fighting, I feel like I’ve proven myself as a fighter.

“I’m open to talking to anybody about the situation. For me, I’ve spoke about it and I’ve always voiced my opinions on the whole UFC situation. I’m maturing as a fighter, as a person, and I’m quite open to sitting down and discussing things with whoever it needs to be discussed with in order to compete within the UFC.”

For now, however, it appears that Dailey may have to continue fighting elsewhere.

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  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Bring him back and put him in there with Robbie Lawler.

    • Gary Fredericks

      ….and/or Nick or Nate Diaz..

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        He already got beat down by Nick Diaz so I wouldn’t want that rematch. But Thiago Alves or Lawler would be a real nice fight.

        • Gary Fredericks

          I know…I’d like to see it again. LOL I never been much a Daley fan. He’s had some entertaining fights and has good stand up skills for those < top ten, but a UFC or high end Bellator fighter, I think not…and Daley as a person is just laughable. The only guy better than Nick Diaz in the art of career suicide.

  • chris

    Fock that… nobody wants the low life dis respectful piece of shyt in the u.f.c he can go work the fields and pick cotton before he gets back in the u.f.c aint like dana isnt think that as well

    • jon

      Talking about disrespectful ? You sir are an idiot

      • MuayThaiFood

        +1

        • BobGyro

          +1

      • BobGyro

        troll

    • Marcus Miles

      You are a low life pos man. People like you are the cause of all the ignorant dumb people in the world.

    • greentyson

      Wa Sup White Mc Whitey

  • Manuel Lopez

    Daley can’t deal with wrestlers. He’s done. I don’t care to see him in UFC honestly.

  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    If the UFC sign Daley it’ll be something like Manuwa, he can’t get a visa for USA so he’ll fight only in UK and developed countries with a thin legislative body like UAE and Singapore.

    I rather see him fighting champions in Europe and Asia like Pendred, Magomedov, Saidov, or ONE FC fighters.

  • The best eva

    It’s not worth the risk. What if he does that on fox?

    • uncle

      He learned his lesson I remember Woodley out
      wrestled him. and at the end of the fight he helped him up and was very classy about
      losing .

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    He got knocked out by Diaz for cryin out loud…the only KO Diaz has over the last five years…let him stay onJ.V.!

  • Ksmma

    He needs to stay banned as a example.