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Paul Daley’s post fight sucker punch of Josh Koscheck is promotional karma for UFC’s Dana White

Poor Dana, if only Paul Daley was as professional as UFC fighter Nate Diaz and soon to be UFC fighter Jake Shields. (MMA Mania)
Poor Dana, if only Paul Daley was as professional as UFC fighter Nate Diaz and soon to be UFC fighter Jake Shields. (MMA Mania)

One of the biggest stories coming out of UFC 113 was Dana White firing Paul Daley for sucker punching Josh Koscheck after their fight had ended.  Dana was so irate that in his post fight press conference he took a page from Chris Jericho's old promo book and proclaimed that Daley would NEVER EVER fight in UFC again: 

He’s done.  I don’t give a shit if he’s the best 170-pounder in the world.  He’ll never come back here again.  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.

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.

Hey Dana, karma's a bitch.  Firstly, he refused to punish Nate Diaz for his role in the CBS brawl, gloated that something like that would never happen in the UFC and opportunistically used the brawl to bury Showtime in the process:

White said he had spoken to Nathan Diaz about Diaz's role in the incident.  He wouldn't reveal what was said, but said he would not punish Nathan Diaz in any way.

"Have you ever seen him do that at one of my shows?" White asked of Nathan Diaz.  White said he believes the incident occurred because CBS didn't align itself with the UFC.  He said he had a tentative deal with CBS, but said that Showtime executives talked CBS into buying into the now-defunct Elite XC instead of agreeing to broadcast UFC fights.

The result, White said, was that an inferior product was put on national television.  "Of course, everyone thinks I'm anti-competition, but I'm not," White said.  "But everyone knows that they didn't belong on CBS.  Even if you're the biggest UFC hater out there, you know that.  Shame on CBS for this.  They knew they should have been with us, but they went out and let those Showtime idiots talk them into going with Elite XC.

"Now, they're stuck with a bush league, C-level promotion that will probably be out of business next month," he added.  "And what you saw on Saturday is the kind of thing that happens when you put a product like that on national television."

White also had harsh words for CBS play-by-player announcer Gus Johnson.  Johnson said brawls happen in MMA when there is a lot of testosterone in the cage.  White was also angered by Johnson's commentary because he said he's spent his career building his company to make sure that such incidents do not occur.

"When have you seen anything remotely close to that happen at a UFC event?" White said.  "What kind of ridiculous commentary was that?  That was an idiotic thing to say.  And then he was yelling at them to stop, telling them they are on national television.  That was just another example of how bush league they are."

Then he chummed up to Jake Shields, who started the CBS brawl by shoving Jason "Mayhem" Miller, so he could get the Strikeforce middleweight champion, while still technically under contract to Strikeforce, to sit with him on his next PPV and arrogantly mouth "He's mine".

Perhaps the only surprising thing about this incident is that Dana had the misfortune of it happening so soon after the CBS brawl.  But as the CBS brawl illustrated, if you play with pro wrestling fire, then you should expect to get burnt.  If you encourage two volatile individuals to trash talk each other, then something like this was bound to happen eventually.  Zach Arnold thinks UFC should have expected nothing less from Paul "Semtex" Daley:

They put him on TV saying he’s going to “kill that motherfucker,” then he’s making gay slurs against Koscheck on a UFC conference call, he’s constantly running his mouth on hype videos and is doing photoshop contests on The Underground Forum with someone doing a picture of Koscheck and Tito Ortiz kissing.   To top it off, there was actually a chance that he could have been a coach on The Ultimate Fighter.  With his skill set?  Seriously?  On top of that, Daley went into this fight telling ESPN UK that he had no singular loyalty to UFC and that he wanted to fight in multiple MMA organizations and win multiple MMA titles.  So, when he fought the way he did and he takes a cheap shot at Josh Koscheck after the fight, why is anyone surprised?  Why is Dana White mad?  You knew what you were getting with Daley.  It’s like the fable about the Scorpion and the Frog.

I understand why White is mad...However, if you wanted to avoid those antics, you should have never booked Daley in the first place and fostered his behavior the way it was.

The other big news stories coming out of UFC 113 were that Kimbo Slice was also fired by UFC after failing to beat the green Matt Mitrione and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua made sure that he couldn't be screwed by the judges again by knocking out Lyota Machida in the first round to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion.

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