Paul ”Semtex” Daley suffered the biggest loss of his career Saturday in Montreal, Canada at ‘UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II.” Not only did Daley lose a shot at welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and a coaching sting on The Ultimate Fighter, but Daley may have seen his UFC career end after a moment of clear frustration.
Following a three-round, grind it out battle, it was clear that Daley had dropped a unanimous decision to top-contender Josh Koscheck. Koscheck had been jawing at Daley throughout the fight and it really picked up the final thirty seconds.
After the bell, Daley had enough and he lost his composure as he threw a left hook and nailed Josh Koscheck. Referee Dan Mirgliotta quickly separated the two before anything more could happen. UFC president Dana White announced after the event that Daley had been released from the organization and due to his actions he would likely never step foot in the octagon again.
Daley has since issued a statement via the Telegraph Website:
“I’ve had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologize 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.”
Daley has a long road ahead of him to reach redemption. Hopefully he can put together an impressive string of wins and show maturity throughout all of this. If he does all of this, it would be possible for him to get back into the UFC. Afterall, Dana White is the same guy going after free-agent Jake Shields who was a part of the Strikeforce brawl on national television.