Dana White on Paul Daley's possible return to the UFC, 'It’s just one of those things that’s hard to forgive'

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

UFC president Dana White may have put his beef with Ken Shamrock behind him, but as far as putting Paul Daley's UFC 113 sucker punch of Josh Koscheck in the past, White said, 'Let's not get crazy.'

In the lead up to his UFC 113 fight against Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley said, "Josh Koscheck has never been hit like me." Those words proved to be prophetic.

Unfortunately for Daley, the punch that turned that pre-fight boast into reality came after the final horn had sounded.

Seconds after their May 2010 welterweight fight ended, and well before Koscheck was officially awarded the unanimous decision victory, an obviously frustrated Daley lashed out at Koscheck with a left hook to the chin.

The sucker punch brought a smirk to the face of Koscheck. Things didn't go as well for Daley. For starters, referee Dan Miragliotta rag-dolled Daley to the fence before shouting, "Paul, are you kidding me? C'mon." While outside the Octagon, UFC commentator Joe Rogan offered, "That was weak, that was very weak."

Things went from bad to worse for Daley at the post-fight press conference. UFC president Dana White took to the podium and offered, "I don't give a s--- if he's the best 170-pounder in the world, he'll never come back here again - he'll never come back."

It's been more than four years since White made that claim, and the UFC president has held fast to those words despite multiple overtures from Daley. Daley's most recent attempt to rejoin the UFC came a few days ago.

Speaking to the media before the recent UFC event in Berlin, White said, "Paul Daley had his management write me a letter a few days ago, basically saying that he has grown up a lot since that incident, he's been on a win streak, and it's one of the biggest regrets of his life, and things like that. I showed it to (UFC CEO) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Lorenzo's like, ‘it's up to you brother, what do you want to do?' And it's such a hard one for me. It's a hard one for me."

White acknowledged that he hadn't had much time to ponder the content of that letter, but he did say that if he had to make an immediate decision, his reply would be no, Paul Daley will not be setting foot inside the Octagon ever again, "It's just one of those things that's hard to forgive," said White.

One of the reasons that White may be so unwilling to forgive Daley is what the UFC boss saw when he stepped into the Octagon after the fight. "Let me tell you, I walked into the Octagon that night, and he just didn't give a s---," said White of that night in Montreal. "He didn't give a s---."

Any thoughts that White was in a forgiving mood after recently ending his long running beef with UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, were dispelled when White said of excusing Daley, "Let's not get crazy."

Daley has had 15 MMA fights since he was bounced from the UFC. His record during that run is 11-4. His most recent MMA bout was a December 14 knockout win over Romario Manoel da Silva under the BAMMA banner. Daley has had four kickboxing fights since that BAMMA fight, and has gone 4-0 in those contests.

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