Paul Daley Apologies For His Actions At UFC 113


Paul Daley,

“I’ve had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologise to the UFC and the Athletic Commission for what I’ve done as well as all the fans and sponsors that support me…I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to Josh Koscheck who did not deserve the cheap shot I threw. He did what he needed to do in order to win the fight and get the job done, and I foolishly reacted to the situation…There is no excuse for my actions and I know what I did was very unprofessional. I was immensely frustrated by a collection of things that took place throughout the fight as well as leading up to it, but I’m certainly not trying to condone or excuse my actions…Josh implemented his game plan perfectly taking me down and staying on top of me for the majority of the fight. I was also frustrated about him claiming (and acting like) I knee’d him in the head on the ground when it was clear for all to see in the video replay that I didn’t connect at all with the knee I threw…Then finally, the verbal abuse Josh hit me with in the final 30 seconds of the fight simply pushed me over the edge and my frustrations came out as I knew I’d lost the fight, was unhappy with my own performance and had then been ridiculed by my opponent to top things off…This is certainly no excuse for my actions; I fully deserve to be punished for what I did and hope that everyone I have disappointed can forgive my rash decision. I feel very disappointed in myself for losing my cool and hope that I am able to address my temperament and bounce back from this low point in my career…I feel ashamed and embarrassed by what I did and hope that together my team and I can get through this issue. It will be a long road back from where I am now to earning the trust and respect of the UFC and the MMA fans that have supported me for so long, I know I’ve let you all down but I’m determined to make it up to you all.” [Telegraph]

UFC President Dana White announced after the fight that Daley was done with the UFC. The UFC must now decided to stick to there statement and risk losing one of the top welterweight strikers to a competing organization or just punish Daley and move on.


  1. gonzo

    May 10, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I dont know if he wrote that or not,but that was really well written. Unfortunately DW says Dailey is done, and Kos himself said was saying some really nasty shit to Dailey during the last minute of the fight. That was a really boneheaded thing to do, what a dumbass.

  2. derm

    May 10, 2010 at 1:56 am

    i think if it was unprovoked then he should be cut . but koscheck is no saint , im not condoning what he did , but being cut is harsh a suspension + fine would suffice in my opinion

  3. fabio

    May 10, 2010 at 2:13 am

    im with derm

    8 month suspension would be a great punishment + a fine

  4. big gibby

    May 10, 2010 at 2:23 am

    the ufc did the right thing in cutting this clown. What a dumbass thing to do. I think daly should maybe try boxing out if he is so upset about getting taken down. Its mixed martial arts dumbass. I hope i never see him in a major promotion again. Way to go jackass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. T.R.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:50 am

    daley will never be world champ. He's not that good on the ground. Sheilds finsidhed him. Kos dominated him. GSP would DESTROY him. It's not a big loss for the UFC and dana knows it.

  6. crynot

    May 10, 2010 at 3:37 am

    The UFC has to make an example out of this situation or it could happen again. It's unfortunate for the fans but I would imagine Dana sticks to his original decision.

  7. CobraClutch

    May 10, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Fox AM Sports Radio here in L.A. yesterday had two jackasses talking about how nobody watches MMA, and how it wasn't worth their time to cover. They then mentioned the Kos/Daley fight (not the Shogun victory), and said something to the effect of "And after the fight, this one guy goes over and sucker-punches the other! This is the sport! Every time I hear about something in MMA, it's either a fighter getting arrested or some gang fight in the cage." Then the other devil's advocate on the show said, "Well, to be fair, Dana White, President of the UFC immediately jumped in the cage and cut the guy who did the sucker-punching, and said even if he's the best fighter in the world he'll never fight again in the UFC." Then they seemed to back off on the attack after that.

    I think when we look outside ourselves, at MMA from where non-MMA fans are looking in at our sport, you can understand this move to cut him. Dana always is focused on growing the sport, publicity for the UFC, and how our sport looks. He kinda had no choice but to jump on this and cut him immediately.


    May 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    stupid no doubt but if I had just lost to "flopcheck" I would be pissedt too. THERE IS NO FUCKING WAY THAT KNEE DID ANYTHING BUT MESS UP YOUR HAIR SIDESHOW BOB, man I can't wait to watch GSP dominate that doushe for 5 rounds this time.

  9. Sparky

    May 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I totally agree with STEVEO. I've thought koshcheck was a d-bag starting at TUF1. I can't see anything but GSP dominating like he has the last several fights. I really don't think Kos can do anything but wrestle. He has some other skills but nothing that will compare to GSP…i'm not sure anyone currently at 170 pose a real threat to GSP. As for Daley…the knee may not of landed…true..but he still threw the illegal knee and with his antics at the end of the fight…I think Dana and the UFC are right on target with kicking him out on his a**!

  10. Trevor

    May 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    He's a kid that made a mistake. Is it worse than getting caught Juicing like Leben, or embarrasing the sport like Silva?

    He should be punished not expelled.

    This sounds more to me like White's ego was bruised.

  11. CobraClutch

    May 11, 2010 at 1:57 am

    You're right, Trevor. Either make this a policy and hold everyone to it, or just punish him. For example, Nate Diaz should be expelled by the same line of thinking for what he did in the last Strikeforce event.

  12. Luke

    May 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Dana said he wouldn't punish Nate Diaz because he 'wouldn't do that on his show'.

    I have been a huge Paul Daley fan since his Cage Warriors and Cage Rage days, and was thrilled when North America showed interest in him. Paul had built himself some good recognition with the fights against Sam Morgan, Bang Ludwig, and the loss to Jake Shields.

    I fully agree with dana's decision to drop Daley from the roster. Daley should come back over here and fight on the domestic scene again, UKMMA is still very raw, i think it will be a humbling experience and really show Paul how much he has screwed up.

    I personally am very disapointed in Paul Daley's actions and i think i speak for the majority of the UKMMA community.

  13. Trevor

    May 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Very good point. Any ego or arrogance can be humbled away with a return to the Amatuer scene, regardless of the industry. Upon returning (if its in him) he'll behave as a Pro.

  14. joe

    May 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

    The whole reason Dana did this is to make an example that it would not be tolerated, I doubt he would have done it had there not been the controversy over the nashville riot in the first place. But banned for life seems extremely harsh, espescially when he's just 28. If he were fighting randy couture or GSP, then I would of said ban for life since those guys are class acts but with a guy like koscheck whose in the oscar running for his performances and was trash talking during the fight…I mean, cut the guy some slack. It was just one punch too, it wasn't like a full on attack, a painful cheap shot (I think it woulda been funnier if koscheck had been KOd by that punch but that would definitely lead to permanent ban for daley) and he doesn't really deserve a ban for one punch. If I was Daley I would of kept on going after the bell and just said you were too out of it to realize the fight was over.

  15. CobraClutch

    May 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

    if the punishment is worthy of a life ban vs. the stars, then it's worthy of a life ban vs. anyone, because it's the act that should be considered for penalization, not the victim. there should be equal rules protecting (and punishing) everyone the same.

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