If you hadn’t heard by now, Paul Daley has been fired from the UFC and banned from the organization for life … so sayeth the Dana. In addition to the sucker punch past the bell, White was also pissed that Daley gave him some ‘didn’t hear the bell’ bullshit afterward in lieu of an apology. So coming to us from the department of too little, too late, here’s Daley’s official mia culpa:
“Josh implemented his game plan perfectly taking me down and staying on top of me for the majority of the fight. I was also frustrated about him claiming (and acting like) I knee’d him in the head on the ground when it was clear for all to see in the video replay that I didn’t connect at all with the knee I threw.”
“Then finally, the verbal abuse Josh hit me with in the final 30 seconds of the fight simply pushed me over the edge and my frustrations came out as I knew I’d lost the fight, was unhappy with my own performance and had then been ridiculed by my opponent to top things off.”
“This is certainly no excuse for my actions; I fully deserve to be punished for what I did and hope that everyone I have disappointed can forgive my rash decision. I feel very disappointed in myself for losing my cool and hope that I am able to address my temperament and bounce back from this low point in my career.”
“I feel ashamed and embarrassed by what I did and hope that together my team and I can get through this issue. It will be a long road back from where I am now to earning the trust and respect of the UFC and the MMA fans that have supported me for so long, I know I’ve let you all down but I’m determined to make it up to you all.”
Josh Koscheck admits shittalking Daley near the end of the fight, which might seem cheap but keep in mind Daley was the one going overboard with the fraggle stuff and accusations of homo-shenanigans. It’d be almost funny how badly Kos reversed that whole ‘getting under your opponent’s skin’ thing Daley was trying to do if it hadn’t completely fucked Daley’s career. Not only did it not help Daley win his fight, in the end it actually cost him his job.