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