Paul Daley wants back in the UFC, Dana White not so interested

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Welterweight Paul Daley has been cut by Bellator due to ongoing legal troubles that have kept him from getting a visa to fight in the U.S. He has his sights set on a return to the UFC but Dana White isn't so sure.

Paul Daley was unceremoniously booted from the UFC for punching Josh Koscheck after the final bell rang on their UFC 113 bout in May, 2010. He's now been booted from Bellator following a series of legal difficulties in his native Britain that have precluded his securing a visa to fight in the U.S.

Be that as it may, Daley wants back in the Octagon. Per MMA Fighting:

"Of course, I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to return to the UFC," he said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It's the biggest, the most recognized MMA promotion out there. A lot of people when they leave the organization they have to say wherever they're fighting at is the best and the greatest just to save face. It's just one of those things. But yeah, definitely I want to return to the UFC.

"I don't really know what to say," he said. "The best thing I can say is I want to be back with UFC. It would be a dream come true to be back with the UFC. The things that I did say bad about the UFC, it was like what most fighters would do if they weren't in the best organization in the world. You don't want to be No. 2, you want to be No. 1. I just think it's fitting that I'm in the organization."

UFC president Dana White was less enthusiastic when asked about Daley at the UFC on Fox 8 post-fight media scrum:

"I thought he hated this place," said White on Saturday in response to a question about whether he was interested in Daley. "I don't know, man. I don't think so."

"I heard he couldn't get a visa. And they're real strict here now on visas. I thought he hated the UFC and said he'd never want to come back here and never wanted to fight here again. What changed?"

Daley has won 4 straight fights since losing his final Strikeforce bout to Kazuo Misaki in 2012.


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