Daley Gets Why Conor’s Not Banned From UFC
In his last night in the UFC, Paul Daley sucker punched Josh Koshcheck after the bell of their fight at UFC 113, Immediately following that punch was thrown, Daley was banned for life from the UFC.
Eight years later, as he looks towards a fight with Jon Fitch at Bellator 199, Daley spoke with the MMA Hour about why his situation wasn’t the same as Conor McGregor’s,
“I’ve seen all the comparisons, and yeah, the whole situation, it was very similar, and Dana could come across as being a little hypocritical,” Daley said on Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour. “But for me, it’s a different ballgame.”
“The UFC was in a different place then and it’s in a different place now, and a lot of where they are now is down to Conor McGregor. So if you’ve got someone bringing in money, and is raising the sport and your promotion to greater heights, then you can’t ban him for life because business is going to go bad for you. So I understand.”
“Yeah, really, he should be treated the same as I was,” he continued. “He should be banned for life. What he did as a guy with his profile in the sport and for the company of the UFC, he should be banned for life, if, for what I did, I got banned for life. But business and business and they need him, and I like Conor McGregor and I respect him, and I respect Dana’s choice. It’s a smart move.”
Even though White is the one who sent him into the MMA wilderness, Daley harbors no ill-will towards the UFC president.
I never really had bad feelings towards Dana, because I will make my way in this sport anyway, regardless of what barriers people put up for me because I am an entertaining fighter. People want to see me fight,” Daley said. “I feel like that’s something that I have up on some other guys who wouldn’t really get away with sh-t that I say because I entertain. I knock people out. I talk the talk and I walk the walk. I always put it on the line.”
“So if Dana came to me with a proposition, I would probably take it because I feel there’s some big fights that could really elevate my financial situations to a whole other level.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting