Despite catching the ire of UFC President Dana White, one person who didn’t seem incensed by Paul Daley’s post-UFC 113 fight sucker punch was the recipient of the blow – Josh Koscheck. When asked about the illegal punch after the fight by Joe Rogan, Koscheck dismissed the question and proceeded to heckle the Canadian crowd, vowing to defeat Georges St-Pierre when they square off later this year.
UFC President Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that Daley had been fired and “will never fight in the UFC again.”
“I’m probably the most lenient guys in sports,” White said. “And this is probably one of the most lenient organizations. We’re all human, we all mistakes, things happen. There’s no excuse for that. 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.”
Koscheck was more dismissive about the punch during the post-fight press conference, simply stating that “it landed”, and that it was “probably his best punch of the fight.”
“I whispered in his ear in the last minute, I told him some things,” Koscheck admitted. “You will have to ask him what I said but it wasn’t very polite. I think Paul Daley is a good fighter and he is still young in his mixed martial arts career, he will be back to fight another day.”
During an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, Koscheck stated that he didn’t know if Daley should be cut from the UFC, but did say that he was a “blatant cheater” and had greased before the fight.
Another controversial moment in the fight occurred in the very first round after Koscheck had taken Daley to the ground. Daley stood and tried to land an illegal knee to the grounded Koscheck, which completely missed its mark. Koscheck saw fit to clutch at his face and go down, and the fight was paused. After several minutes of referee questioning and medical examination the fight was restarted. Koscheck told Helwani that he had been hit in the eye, but wasn’t sure if it was from a knee or a punch.
“I just kind of got kneed in the eye,” Koscheck said. “I don’t know if it was a knee or a punch, to be honest with you. I was on my knees and just got hit. I just tried to get a couple seconds to get my bearings and go back in.”
Koscheck also admitted that the training camp for this fight was the toughest of his career, although he failed to elaborate as to why. You can watch Koscheck’s full interview with Helwani below: