Paul “Semtex” Daley is not the same person or fighter that he was when let go by the Ultimate Fighting Championship following his UFC 113 loss to Josh Koscheck and the post-fight antics that led to his firing, and the British welterweight would like the opportunity to prove it.
Daley was handed his walking papers before leaving the arena that night for striking 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.”
We’ve heard White say that about fighters before and they eventually return.
Asked if he believes fences can be mended, Daley told MMAWeekly Radio, “I would like to think so. A lot of the guys have gone over to the UFC that have had a problem or have been dropped for whatever reason and have come back. They’ve come back and they’ve done well and have been accepted. It just depends. I’ll put it out there that I would go back, so it’s pretty much with the UFC.”
The 28-year-old regrets his actions and would like to put it behind him.
“After the incident with Koscheck, the apology was immediate. I made a public apology. Everybody knows I’m not proud of what happened,” he said. “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 even though I’ve taken those two loses from (Nick) Diaz and (Tyron) Woodley.
“I figure in all of those fights that I entertained, and I’ve shown a constant development since leaving the UFC. I think that you can see that I’m improving, and I think it’s still going to happen and it would be good to see it back on the biggest stage. You know, see the Semtex that messed up with the Koscheck fight and the Semtex that I am now.”
As they say, the ball is in the UFC’s court, and Daley welcomes dialogue to pave the way for a return to the Octagon.
“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,” said Daley.
“I have a lot of fans that want to see, not only in the U.K., but all over the world. A lot of people say there’s some interesting match-ups for Semtex to take part in within the UFC. I’m really keen for those fights to happen as well, so we just need somebody in the head office over at the UFC to see what we’re seeing and sign me back up and make the fights happen.”
Daley’s next fight is on Oct. 21 against Liugi Fioravanti at Ringside MMA 12 in Canada.