After several months of visa issues and shit-talking, Bellator finally dropped Paul Daley. Immediately, everyone started asking if Paul might make the move to the UFC – even though Dana White famously declared he’d never be back in the UFC after sucker punching Josh Koscheck. They asked him anyways, and here was his answer:
“I heard he couldn’t get a visa,” he said of the English fighter. “And they’re real strict here now on visas. I thought he hated the UFC and said he’d never want to come back here and never wanted to fight here again. What changed?”
Daley did spend a good amount of time post-suspension talking shit about the promotion – his ability to fight is only matched by his ability to burn bridges, it seems. But if Dana was looking for Paul to admit that fighting for the UFC is kinda okay…:
“Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted to return to the UFC,” he said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It’s the biggest, the most recognized MMA promotion out there. A lot of people when they leave the organization they have to say wherever they’re fighting at is the best and the greatest just to save face. It’s just one of those things. But yeah, definitely I want to return to the UFC.”
“I don’t really know what to say,” he said. “The best thing I can say is I want to be back with UFC. It would be a dream come true to be back with the UFC. The things that I did say bad about the UFC, it was like what most fighters would do if they weren’t in the best organization in the world. You don’t want to be No. 2, you want to be No. 1. I just think it’s fitting that I’m in the organization.”
Well that’s a positive start. Now all Paul has to do is figure out how to get into America fresh off an assault conviction. And convince Dana White that he isn’t going to act like a psycho inside or outside the cage. That … doesn’t seem very likely.
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