The most talked about moment of UFC 113 wasn’t Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s 1stRound knockout of Lyoto Machida, it was British welterweight Paul Daley’s sucker punch of Josh Koscheck that had the MMA world buzzin’.
After a long flight home from Montreal, Quebec, Canada following his unanimous decision loss to Koscheck, the slugger had a lot of time to ponder the costly decision he made during the heat of the moment … Technically, it was well after the heat of the moment.
“There is no excuse for my actions and I know what I did was very unprofessional,” Daley told Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph.
In a span of 24 hours, Daley went from potential No. 1 contender to Georges St-Pierre’s 170-pound crown to being the black sheep of MMA and fired by the UFC.
“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,” the former Octagon employee continued.
“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,” Daley added.
Regardless, Daley now finds himself unemployed and awaiting punishment from the athletic commission for the foolish left hook he threw well after the bell.
“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,” Daley continued. “I was unhappy with my own performance and had then been ridiculed by my opponent to top things off.”
If you missed what happened Saturday night inside the Bell Centre, please check out the video below: