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PAUL DALEY: "IT WAS REALLY A THOUGHTLESS ACT...I REGRET IT"

By Percy Crawford | May 19, 2010
PAUL DALEY:

"I have heard nothing from the Commission as of yet, other than they are investigating the incident, but I feel as though I have been punished enough, effectively by Dana White. He has punished me on behalf of the Commission, although I understand they have a job to do...It was really a thoughtless act, some frustration, a little bit of a response to Koscheck's comments while we were fighting; I really don't know. All I know is I regret it," stated former UFC welterweight Paul Daley as he talked about the mistake he made in throwing the post-fight cheap shot against Josh Koscheck at UFC 113. Check out what else he had to say about the incident, his future plans and much more.

PC: Paul, what's good man? Have you heard anything from the Commission on any type of punishment or disciplinary action towards you yet?

PD: I have heard nothing from the Commission as of yet, other than they are investigating the incident, but I feel as though I have been punished enough, effectively by Dana White. He has punished me on behalf of the Commission, although I understand they have a job to do.

PC: The fight didn't go as planned for you and it seemed to be a very frustrating fight for you. Was your post-fight punch just frustration coming out from the way the fight had gone?

PD: It was a little. It was really a thoughtless act, some frustration, a little bit of a response to Koscheck's comments while we were fighting; I really don't know. All I know is I regret it.

PC: Koscheck was saying you were going to sleep and he would stand and knock you out. Did you get caught up into that thinking he would stand with you?

PD: I knew he would not stand with me, but it's real hard to just stop an accomplished wrestler from taking you down; although I felt there could've been more stand-ups due to the lack of activity while on the ground for the most part.

PC: He was saying things to you on the ground right before the fight ended that obviously pissed you off. Can you remember what was said?

PD: Yes, but what's done is done. We both had words for each other.

PC: Since the fight, Koscheck has called you a cheat, saying you greased and things like that. Any response to those remarks?

PD: Has this ever been said before about me? I think Koscheck...although he did dominate the fight, he expected an easy finish once it hit the mat.

PC: The knee, although illegal, obviously missed its mark. Did you think Koscheck was looking for a way out at that time?

PD: Yes I do, and I think more should be done to penalize him; it's twice he's done this now.

PC: Dana White said you will never fight in the UFC again. Do you think that's a fair punishment for your actions when we've seen worse?

PD: I think there is more to it for whatever reason. I don't know, you would have to ask Dana. I can't help but think it's a bit personal, as the UFC has fighters on their roster that have done far worse things in the sport.

PC: Where do you go from here Semtex?

PD: Onwards and upwards to better myself as a person and a fighter; to keep my fans happy in fighting and entertaining.

PC: I'm sure there will be a ton of interest from other organizations. When will the process begin to look for a new home?

PD: I love to fight! When fights are offered, I will look at them individually. Home...who knows?

PC: With the win, Koscheck will serve as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite GSP. How do you think you would have done coaching? And if possible, would you like a rematch with Kos?

PD: I would love to fight Koscheck again, really, I would. I know it was a dominate performance by him, but I know I am coming back much stronger and with a much clearer picture for victory.

PC: Best of luck to you man, wherever you go. I'm sure you will put this behind you and come back strong. Is there anything you want to say in closing?

PD: Thanks to the fans, my family, friends, sponsors that have stuck with me and the media, some of which have shown their true colors. Peace and progression.



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