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Dana White Explains Decision To Cut Paul Daley

Paul Daley found himself unemployed after his post-fight antics at UFC 113 tonight in Montreal.

The trash talk leading up to his bout with Josh Koscheck, which was put on to determine the number one welterweight contender, had gotten personal and heated. This was to be expected as both men have a penchant for playing the heel and it was welcomed, both for the entertainment value and for increasing the likelihood of an exciting, heated fight. Unfortunately, after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Koscheck, a clearly frustrated Paul Daley full on sucker punched Koscheck in the face.

Daley was quickly restrained by referee Dan Miragliotta but not before he did irreparable damage to his career. UFC President Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that despite Daley claiming that he hadn’t heard the bell, he has been fired and “will never fight in the UFC again.”

“There’s no excuse for that,” said White. “These guys are professional athletes. You don’t ever hit a guy blatantly after the bell like that whether you’re frustrated or not. It was probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen.

“I don’t care if he fights in every show all over the world and becomes the best and everybody thinks he’s the pound-for-pound best in the world,” he continued. “He will never fight in the UFC ever again.”

Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.