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And Now They’re Fired: Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice Axed Following UFC 113


(Video of the Daley/Koscheck cheap shot, courtesy of LynchTheGrynch; sorry about those first eight seconds, guys.)

In case you missed the press conference, the big news coming out of UFC 113‘s post-event aftermath is that Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice have been released from the UFC. Daley suffered his first loss in the Octagon after being smothered by Josh Koscheck for three rounds in their co-headlining bout last night, then followed it up by slugging Kos after the bell (see above). As Dana White explained to reporters, the poor decision earned Daley a permanent ban from the UFC:

“He’s done. I don’t give a shit if he’s the best 170-pounder in the world. He’ll never come back here again…I’m probably the most lenient guys in sports. And this is probably one of the most lenient organizations. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, things happen. There’s no excuse for that. These guys are professional athletes. You don’t ever hit a guy blatantly after the bell like that whether you’re frustrated or not. It was probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen…I don’t care if he fights in every show all over the world and becomes the best and everybody thinks he’s the pound-for-pound best in the world. He will never fight in the UFC ever again.”

As for Kimbo, his lopsided loss to rookie TUF 10 vet Matt Mitrione was enough to seal his fate. But unlike Daley, White has nothing but respect for the former YouTube brawler:


“Kimbo made it farther than I thought he would. He came in and took this serious, trained, and went after it…I like him as a person, and I think he’s carried himself really well…His first fight [against Houston Alexander], it wasn’t like the YouTube fights that you saw, but he won that fight. He deserved another fight in the UFC, and he lost."

Amazingly, one of the judges scored the first round for Kimbo.

In other post-113 news, $65,000 end-of-night bonuses were handed out to the following fighters…

Submission of the Night: Alan Belcher for his second-round rear-naked choke of Patrick Cote that opened the night’s pay-per-view broadcast.

Knockout of the Night: Who else? New light-heavyweight champ Mauricio Rua picked up the extra cash for ending the Machida Era in just 3:35. Careful, Shogun, that belt is a hot potato — Chuck Liddell is still the last 205-pound UFC champion to defend it more than once.

Fight of the Night: Jeremy Stephens and Sam Stout for their three-round throwdown, which Stephens won by split decision.

All four fighters improved their positions on the newly-updated UFC Performance Bonus Leaderboard, so give it a look when you have a chance.

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ghostboner- May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm
@Rex - Fair. Or taser. Or the old board with a nail through it. Hoping Marquardt takes that one in dominant fashion, but I assumed he would end Chael in less than 5 min so I'm just gonna keep my yapper shut on that.
ghostboner- May 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Drano used a smiley face????????? Where am I, the twilight zone?
J-Dog- May 10, 2010 at 8:45 am
I wonder how many folks the UFC employ to scan the interwebs looking for unauthorized videos. They are on top of that shit!
Elentius- May 10, 2010 at 7:46 am
Lay-n-pray kinda guy?! LOL! You are a dummy. Rua will lose the belt if Anderson Silva wants it now. They could even send Forrest back in to own Shogun AGAIN. There will be no "new era" as Shogun is a fluke. I bet you like BJ Penn too haha!
ReX13- May 10, 2010 at 6:04 am
A few notes:

SouthSide Essay>> I'm just as surprised as you are. I think the point totals were A LOT lower this week than usual.

Ghostly One>> We agree, Palhares got off light. If he doesn't again, the ref should soccer kick him to end the sub. Fair? (BTW, i read he has Marquardt next...)

And yeah, Shogun was awesome classy and professional in his win.

Holy shit you guys...dranokills used a smiley face.
fatbellyfrank- May 10, 2010 at 5:29 am
@ Ghostboner, pleasure's all mine my friend, and yeah, everyone's blablaing about Daley and Kos, How about we give Rua some props for a monster knockout and an all round " Holy Fuck" performance to grab that title
ghostboner- May 10, 2010 at 2:45 am
Also, HUGE respect to Shogun. Dude knew Machida was out and he was already getting up before the ref intervened. He didn't try to use adrenaline as an excuse to keep pounding the dude, or say some shit about the heat of the moment. Classy move Shogun. No meatheaded tough guy thuggish (Daley, Palhares) bullshit.
ghostboner- May 10, 2010 at 2:39 am
@ Mr. Misanthropy - Well I dunno about that. As hilarious as it sounds, I am leery of anyone who is in for life. I think a 1 year term would suffice. And Doug Crosby is banned from ever being on that panel. As well as Cecil Peoples, not to be confused with our own cecils pupils.

@ Maximus Reximus - You make a good point, and a year ago I would have agreed with you. Presently, however, I believe this sport has the momentum that it needs to continue on without worrying about bitchasses. There will always be people opposed to MMA no matter how well we try to portray it. But I think right now we have passed the point of making concessions for people. Just the opinion of one caveman, but I think the consequences of the actions should be based on a logical and balanced system where the consequence matches the severity of the actions. I don't think it should be based on how much it may hurt the sport's image or anything of the sort. I think the Promotion's first responsibility is for the safety of the fighter. I agree this is thuggish behavior, and honestly I would probably have cut his ass just as fast as Dana, but I would have left out the permanently part. Gil Yvel comes to mind. Sometimes a second chance, a few years down the road, can be ok. Now that I said that Yvel will probably shank Mazzagatti in his next bout, but whatever. I guess to make a way too long story short, fuck people who judge mma without first learning about it, and I am not trying to say Daley got it too harsh, I just think Palhares got off to light.
ghostboner- May 10, 2010 at 2:11 am
@FBF - dude, jenna. Just... dude. The pants pooping beauty. Oh fuck the beauty of that zinger. FBF you sir have done me a service. And it isn't very often that making me poop in my trousers is a service. At least not one that I don't have to pay for.
dranokills- May 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm
wifey Says:
Mon, 05/10/2010 - 06:29

@drano -

wow. I completely agree with you (even tho it pains me slightly to write that).

I hate when pro fighters pull that caveman bullshit.
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see we agree on so much, heck I'm not a bad guy, I just get defensive sometimes over certain things but it don't mean you can't just up and agree with me cause I totally make sense. If it makes you feel better and to stay on an even field, feel free to disagree with the next thing I say just so you won't feel so awkward. :)
fatbellyfrank- May 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm
@ Misanthropy (hole, mouth, opening) just substitute Jenna and most of us should get the point
wifey- May 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm
@drano -

wow. I completely agree with you (even tho it pains me slightly to write that).

I hate when pro fighters pull that caveman bullshit.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Yeah, I'm not a Troll, I'm just an abrasive asshole with a pitch-black sense of humor. There IS a difference.

*edit*...as I type this from my unlit cave while spit-roasting a billygoat over an open fire-pit...waiting for the direct-tv guy to come screw a satellite dish onto the tree at the front (hole, mouth, opening?)...
Mr_Misanthropy- May 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Oh yeah, not to start a fight, but I have been stuck here in the god-forsaken north for four years now. Anybody who says that hockey is a gentleman's form of sporting violence and that MMA fights are for bloodthirsty savages needs to get kicked in the throat with a razor-sharp ice skate blade (a la Clint Malarchuk or Adam Burish, probably others). Hockey has way bigger hits than MMA, people's careers can get ended by one or two serious collisions. Like most everything involving the Canadian government this attitude makes absolutely no sense, but the vibe can be a bit xenophobic up here (that means they don't like change or new things very much for all of you in C.H.U.D.S.).
Mr_Misanthropy- May 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Sorry, I had to go climb a mountain right now (not joking). How did you know my cave doesn't get cable? I will tell you one thing, though, if you are actually spending your time watching Chris Matthews and Bill O'reilly (sp? who cares) I can pretty much guarantee we're going to disagree on nearly everything.
Frank Mur- May 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm
Awesome fights last night, and some serious reactionary posts on Kos and Daley, (as well as others ie: Belchers DDT on Cote, and comparisons between Daley and Rampage and Daley and Strikeforce). Usually when something like this happens(ref. Sucker Punch) I can turn to C.P. and look for CAPS LOCK HAL and other unnamed trollers for hilarity to ensue. This is part of what makes C.P. enjoyable. By no means would I ever turn to the Potato forums to seek understanding and meaning to that which befuddles me and leaves me wanting answers about this sport. But it is refreshing to see a smidgeon of intelligent discussion (Mr_Misanthropy, Dranokills, Omelette Platter, just to name a few) on the "Hot topics". This interests me, so I want to add my two cents.
For all the idiots that don't understand why Daley is working on his resume right now and not preparing for his comeback bout, it's because they must live in a fucking cave that doesn't have cable, you know, like a fucking "C.H.U.D." Every time I turn on the news I see Chris Matthews or Bill Oreilly Badgering MMA, calling it "Babaric, and Brutal." And I see Money Grubbing douche bags like Dana White trying their best to defend it. Yeah we're all a little blood thirsty, that's the draw to combative sports. First I just liked watching big fat dudes getting their arms busted by little Brazillians, that evolved into an interest in the "SPORT." I'm sure very few people watched UFC 1 or 2 and thought to themselves..."wow what is this, the technique is outstanding, the way a pugilist is matched against a grappler has intrigued me imensely. I must see more!" NO, people like watching mother fuckers with big mouths talk a bunch of shit then get KTFO'D!! Humans like watching horrible shit, like train wrecks and Cop shows. That has all gone to the way-side and MMA has evolved into a true sport since then, but that's what brought us all here. However, it's a money thing now. In order for this to continue to grow, guys like DW must appeal to the powers that be. In case you're unaware (C.H.U.D's), UFC 113 almost didn't happen in Montreal. It almost didn't happen because the local governments up there still regard MMA as a brutal sport and their sanctioning bodies don't want to touch it. It took assloads of French Butt Kissing and PR and red tape cutting to get that done in Montreal. "Yeah, who cares, fuck the Canucs, if they don't like it we'll just do another show in Buffalo." That would be fine with me too but not for the growing of the sport. It needs to be sanctioned in places like that, hell, I don't know the exact numbers, but several states don't even allow MMA. Dana wants to make his money, we want to see the sport grow. If for nothing else but just so it's more readily available to us.
Firing Daley was an easy move the way I see it. Coming on the first event in a difficult venue, the UFC had to make a serious call on Daley. What made it easy was Dana knows that Daley would never amount to much in the UFC. His next fight would have for sure seen him delegated to gate keeper to GSP. I know it, you know it, CAPS LOCK HAL knows it. I personally feel he's the most one dimentional fighter in recent MMA history (less Mark Coleman). Dana had a chance to make a firm decision on a foul play to stay on the good side of those who hate our sport, and he did it at basically no cost. A NO BRAINER! Yeah we can compare Daley's piss poor judgement to that of Rampage's "Tri City Monster Truck Assault" as well as others (ie:holding onto a heel hook through the entire post fight conferrence), but the fact of the matter is, those incidents didn't happen on the heels of the fiasco over at Strikeforce.
Like Kimbo, I'M OUT...Bitches!
Joedirt- May 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm
Everyone is talking about the UFC's image and it's easy to say nobody got hurt, but really.... these are trained fighters and a strike that is unprotected and unexpected by one of these guys could prove fatal. Doesn't matter how good a fighter you are if you are hit when you are not prepared it, it's pretty much bedtime. A simple concussion can ruin a career. Dana White did the right thing. Although I have to laugh, Kos is such a dick he's probably used to getting suckered cuz he even had his hand up just turning around! GSP will wreck him. Mitrione smiling the entire fight was great.
fatbellyfrank- May 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm
I certainly hope no-ones suggesting you are a troll, Misanthropy, which one was it dude, just point the muthafucka out,
Oh, and your not that abrasive, once again, jokes my friend
fatbellyfrank- May 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm
I'm not convinced it was just the sucker punch that led to daley being fired, it may also have something to do with how he couldn't even counter a high school wrestling gameplan, and that he's also just generally a fucken idiot.
Just my opinion
dranokills- May 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm
I second that.
A vote for Rex13 is a vote for "silly assbaggery" I'm for that.
ReX13- May 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Mr Misanthropy>> Speaking of diplomacy, it warms my heart to see you and dranokills having a discussion like that. I see brohugs in the future.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm
ReX-

Good point, you should get into politics. The UFC should fire Marc Ratner and hire you.
ReX13- May 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm
ghostboner>> i see what you mean, but this is really about perception of the UFC by those who aren't educated/familiar with the sport. Daley's sucker punch is the kind of thuggish behavior that DW cannot tolerate, especially after his comments about the StrikeForce brawl. Palhares did something that was definitely more damaging to his opponent, but the only way someone would know that was if they knew what a heel hook does--not the crowd that's likely to start calling for MMA to be banned.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Yeah, I tried to make peace but it was on some other post. At least we can both express ourselves in more than single syllable grunts and broken English like what I commonly see on "other" (no names will be given) websites.
dranokills- May 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm
oh damn I just looked at all that,... fuck I'm sorry didn't mean to write a novel that no one will read....ok guys feel free to give me shit for that. My bad.
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