It's been four years since Welterweight lightning rod, Paul Daley sucker punched Josh Koscheck after a decision loss at UFC 113. Organization president, Dana White immediately cut Daley, and declared he would never fight in the UFC again. Since then, Paul has fought 15 times and racked up an impressive 11-4 record.
This year, Paul hasn't competed in MMA, but has been piling up victory after victory to add to his unbeaten kickboxing record. His goal, however, is to get back into the UFC. The hard work and heavy lifting seems to be in convincing Dana White to give him another contract.
During a pre-fight media scrum in Berlin last week, White said that Daley's management had written a letter stating how much he (Paul) has grown up and expressing interest in another UFC run.
Paul Daley had his management wrote 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. ... It's just one of those things that's hard to forgive.
MMA Mount recently interviewed Daley who hopes the Zuffa brass will notice how much he's matured since that fateful May night, four years ago.
It's really hard to change someone of Dana's status opinion. I would hope the work I have done, the fights I have been in, and my new presence and maturity would be enough to convince him I can add value to the UFC with super entertaining fights.
Should White decide to bring Paul back into the mix, it wouldn't be the first time he's had a serious change of heart about a fighter. It wasn't too long ago that he was saying Josh Barnett would never fight in the Octagon again, and we've all seen how that went.