Paul Daley went from a top prospect in the UFC’s welterweight division to being cut after a post-fight incident with Josh Koscheck in 2010. After the fight concluded, Daley sucker punched Koscheck and UFC president Dana White said he would never return.
“People sleep on me since I got cut from the UFC,” said Daley to Fighters Only. “I’ve had a few decision losses and people are trying to push me to the side and forget about me. I’m not disrespecting any British fighter, but I honestly feel I’m pound-for-pound the best UK fighter. I’m willing to fight anybody.”
After the UFC release, Daley made three appearances for Strikeforce, unable to secure a win. He signed with Bellator and took a first round TKO over Rudy Bears during the summer.
He was set to open Bellator 85, after being voted in by the fans, but a bar fight in December meant he couldn’t travel overseas. A court date is scheduled for April to see if Daley can obtain a new visa.
Daley knocked out Patrick Vallee with a flying knee at yesterday’s Cage Contender 16 in Ireland. It was his first fight since his arrest for the bar fight.
Daley says he could be returning to action before the month is up, but it might not be in MMA. He was unable to give more details.