Former UFC welterweight contender Paul “Semtex” Daley was kicked out of the UFC this past May after an incident in his UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 -bout with Josh Koscheck where he blatantly sucker-punched Koscheck well after the last bell rang. Daley was wrangled by referee Dan Miragliotta before any serious damage could be done and “Semtex” was then escorted from the cage. The saga would not end there, however, as UFC President Dana white told media at the post-fight press conference that Daley had been cut from the UFC’s roster and would never again compete in the organization, no matter how many impressive wins he earned in other promotions. Now, several months removed from the event, White revealed to MMAJunkie.com that his stance has not and will not change on the matter.
“That ain’t happening, brother,” White said when asked if MMA fans would ever see Daley back in the Octagon.
The outspoken UFC figurehead reiterated his original statement on the matter and said that there is absolutely nothing that Paul Daley can do that would earn him a spot back on the UFC’s welterweight roster.
“He’s done,” White said. “I don’t give a [expletive] if he’s the best 170-pounder in the world. … 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 will never fight in the UFC ever again. He’s done.”
Daley has earned one victory since his forced UFC retirement, a third round finish over Daniel Acacio this past July. He is set to take on Jorge Masvidal this September 13th but even if he knocks Masvidal out of the arena, White is so appalled at Daley’s post-fight dustup that he would still refuse re-signing the British welterweight slugger.
“I know there’s a lot of people that are fans,” White said. “Dude, that was one of the – I don’t even know how to put a word on what that kid did. ‘You just had a chance to fight him for 15 minutes, and now you’re going to suckerpunch him after the fight?’ It’s disgusting. I hate that. I have no respect for that whatsoever. I know some people out there disagree with me, but this is a sport. There’s a lot of things that I’m lenient about, but to walk up and suckerpunch a guy in the face that you just had 15 minutes with?”
White has retained fighters services who have been arrested or have tested positive for drugs and steroids, but Daley’s actions took things too far for White to reconcile. White has gone back on his word in the past but seems to be remaining steadfastly in support of his decision to banish Daley. As he told MMAJunkie, “When you’re a fighter, and the fight ends and you’re walking around calming down and relaxing, the last thing you expect to do is get punched in the face by someone. It’s disgusting. I hate it.”