(Dana "Do as I say, not as I do" White.)
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports this week, UFC president Dana White said that he doesn’t get along with Josh Koscheck, but regardless of his feelings towards the oft loathed welterweight, what Paul Daley did to him following their UFC 113 bout is inexcusable.
“I’m no Josh Koscheck fan. Personally, I think he’s [expletive]. We actually don’t get along very well. I like Paul Daley a lot, but what he did was inexcusable. He walked over to Koscheck and Koscheck could have thought he was coming over to shake hands or congratulate him and he took a cheap shot at him like that. If you throw a sucker punch like that after a fight in the UFC, I don’t care who you are, you’re done. He’ll never fight for us again.”
When asked if it was somewhat hypocritical that one of his other contracted fighters, Nate Diaz, was handed no punishment for his role in the brawl that occurred immediately following the Strikeforce: Nashville event last month, White said comparing the two incidents would be like comparing apples to oranges. According to White, Diaz, who could clearly be seen laying the boots to a turtled Miller while his Team Cesar Gracie teammates barraged the defenseless Team Quest fighter with punches, was not at fault for his actions, because "he’s a Diaz" and because Miller instigated the brawl.
“Mayhem got into the cage when he didn’t belong inside there. He didn’t belong in the interview, but he forced his way into [Jake] Shields’ interview and he started a fight. When you start a fight next to the Diaz brothers [Nathan’s older brother, Nick, was also involved], what do you think is going to happen, particularly if you start a fight with someone from their crew?"
Standing by his decision not to punish Nate, White pointed to the reason he cut the older Diaz brother from the UFC — a brawl with Joe Riggs in a hospital emergency room following their UFC 57 fight — as being a real offense because of where it happened. For the record, Riggs was not cited for his involvement in the melee.
“I cut Nick Diaz after he was fighting [Joe Riggs in an emergency room] at the hospital [in Las Vegas following a Feb. 4, 2006, fight]. People are sick and dying and you can’t be in the hospital fighting. I cut the guy even though I know he’s a very good fighter. But the thing with Jake Shields happened because someone wasn’t in control of the cage and let Mayhem in where he didn’t belong. That caused everything else.”
So by Dana’s reasoning, shouldn’t Daley still be a UFC employee as referee Dan Miragliotta should be responsible for not preventing the attack on Koscheck since he should have been in control of the cage?