Well, the majority of MMA fans expected fireworks from UFC 113. However I’m willing to bet few thought we’d see brash Brit Paul “Semtex” Daley lose his cool and his foothold in the UFC’s welterweight division.
After fifteen minutes of clear-cut Josh Koscheck domination, Paul Daley had apparently lost more than the fight, he completely lost his cool. The sound of the final bell bounced off frustrated spectators, and Daley decided one final blow was fit to bounce off Koscheck’s face, fight finalized or not.
In what some may consider to be an extreme rarity, referee Dan Miragliotta responded quickly and efficiently, subduing and scolding Daley before any further post fight nastiness erupted. Josh appeared not only angered by Semtex’s actions, but a little disgusted (I smell irony) as well. Daley on the other hand, didn’t seem to regret the blatant foul all too much.
At the official post-fight conference Dana White made it abundantly clear that the Team Rough House star would never step foot into the octagon again. White deemed Paul’s actions “one of the dumbest things” he’d ever seen. Watching at home, I must concur. You throw trash away, not gold; Daley just threw away his greatest chances at a truly lucrative career, all over some foul words whispered by Div. I National wrestling Champ Koscheck.
It was an ugly ending to an ugly fight that damn near stalled the momentum of what was - as a whole - a great event. The question is, was it the ending of a still promising career for the 27 year old Paul Daley?
Chances are Daley will have little difficulty finding another stable home within the realm of MMA. Name value is still an asset for upcoming promotions, and leading up to Saturday’s card, Semtex had utilized the UFC to effectively rebuild his reputation, and erase the memory of his one-sided defeat to Jake Shields suffered under the EliteXC moniker less than two years ago. Strikeforce is an obvious idea for Daley, as the California based promotion touts the strongest roster of fighters outside of the UFC; they’ve also got great promotion courtesy of a reasonably sound business mold, and solid television agreements.
Bellator could offer Daley a few intriguing match-ups (bouts with prospect Dan Hornbuckle and current welterweight champ Lyman Good would undoubtedly garner significant attention). Japan is an option, but Daley’s spent the majority of his career fighting in the UK, and his acceptance in the Land of The Rising Sun may not be in order after the disgraceful antics displayed last night. Perhaps it’s back to England, perhaps Daley will get his career back on track here in North America. One way or the other, I’m up to watch Daley fight anyone, anytime, within the rules and regulations of a professional bout that is.