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Dana White Stands by Ban of Daley; Says Nate Diaz Post-Strikeforce Attack on ‘Mayhem’ Doesn’t Warrant Punishment

(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?

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MentalyptiC- May 13, 2010 at 8:17 am
like sand through the hourglass...
X- May 13, 2010 at 8:14 am
Bring Daly's not like he bit koschecks ear.....
letmayhemfight- May 13, 2010 at 8:11 am
@ Mike Russell

Why has no one mentioned the fact that Mayhem had as much right to be in the cage as the Diaz's or Gilbert Melendez? I can't for the life of me understand why the rest of the fight world is just letting him lay under the bus and take the brunt of the blame.
Viva Hate- May 13, 2010 at 5:46 am
I hope Diaz doesn't get suspended because the rumor is he will be the opponent for Marcus Davis at 118 in Boston. That is a very interesting match up, one very good at stand up and one great at submissions, a great fight.
ytrebil- May 13, 2010 at 5:32 am
@fatbellyfrank – I am not sure why we come across as pretty brash, arrogant folk in the MMA limelight… my guess is there aren’t many UK fighters at the upper echelon of MMA and so it only takes a couple of loudmouths to give us all a bad rep. However, if you watched the TUF USA vs UK I think you’d have got a better impression of UK guys as the likes of Pearson, Winner, Osipczak, Wilks came across pretty well.

I think you also have to remember that MMA is still a relatively young sport in the UK and most of the fighters stem from promotions such as Cage Rage which are or were held in dodgy parts in the South of England frequented by hooligans and thugs. A lot of the fights esp early on were just out and out brawls! 2 guys going at it hammer and tong, little skill, but 100% heart and aggression.

That’s my opinion anyway. It’s not like the Brazilians who more often than not come across as humble and respectful because the majority come from a disciplined martial arts background (BJJ) from an early age. Where as a lot of the UK fighters would just be brash thugs who have no other purpose in life than violence and collecting their dole money.
Mike Russell- May 13, 2010 at 5:09 am
I'm surprised most people don't get that it was a hypothetical question, meant to provoke debate. I didn't say that's how I feel. I'm merely playing devil's advocate.@Kimbos Bread: Mayhem was in the cage because he was cornering Hendo. 
Kimbos Bread- May 13, 2010 at 4:22 am
"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?"


Daley belonged in the cage because he just finished a bout with Koscheck. Miller had no business being in the cage with Jake Shields because he wasn't fighting Henderson. Get the difference?
fatbellyfrank- May 13, 2010 at 3:43 am
@ ytrebil "We’re mostly good, humble chaps! Honest." I agree with you actually me old chum, I know a hell of a lot of english people and they've struck me as pretty easy going people . So how come the MMA fighters from the old dart carry on like such fucken dicks, it's like they think they've got to do pro-wrasslin style promo's and build the "heat". If your a good enough fighter, people will wanna watch you fight, leave the WWE shit for the wrassler's, train your ass off and fight your fucken heart out every time you step in the cage. That's all.
fatbellyfrank- May 13, 2010 at 3:29 am
@peanut butter, I wish it was Flat Belly
ytrebil- May 13, 2010 at 1:53 am
To be fair, I can understand where Dana is coming from. I am English but I don’t like Paul Daley much. He’s a loudmouth and there have been too many English loudmouths surrounding the UFC recently and it’s giving us all a bad rep.

We’re mostly good, humble chaps! Honest.
Komodo- May 13, 2010 at 1:43 am
I am [expletive].
Ratel- May 13, 2010 at 1:24 am
@ El Guapo

Holy shit, that was the funniest post. Nice one. I guess we're handing these out now, so here you go: +1
peanutbuttter- May 13, 2010 at 1:23 am
I want to know what Dan Henderson has to say about the Nashville post-fight. Isn't Mayhem from Team Quest?

Flat belly frank is an insanely cleaver nickname
Kayblade- May 13, 2010 at 12:07 am
I guess PhishingPhreak is a kindergartn monitor...
PhishingPhreak- May 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm
It's funny to me that Dana White aka Rockpile, separates these incidents, like he's a kindergarten monitor.

Mayhem is a fucktard for starting that shit.
Daley is a fucktard for the cheap shot.
Riggs and Diaz same deal.

Each one of these is disrespectful on an exponential level. Each one violates several levels of honor and respect for the game/match.

And each one of these guys should be permanently ousted.

Talk about Birds of a Feather....
Kayblade- May 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm
I disagree with CP on this one. I think Dana is correct in his assessment. Although I hate to admit it...

(+shudder+ in agreeing with Dana)
radiobaby- May 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm
I am usually a big fan of Dana- what he did with Daley was right.

But blaming the Strikeforce clusterfuck on Mayhem is pure jackassery. I actually don't even really care if his judgements are inconsistent- theres no reason to throw Mayhem under the bus.
NorthSouthDudesOnly- May 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm
"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?"

I'm embarrassed for you that you came to this conclusion.
terrence- May 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm
wow...weak reasoning skills cp
Mr_Misanthropy- May 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm
@ fatbellyfrank

Yeah, he just had a double mastectomy and now the transformation is almost complete. The next step is to sew some neuticles to the bottom of his chin. (I don't know what it is about his head that forces me to crack dick jokes. Oh, right, it's his personality.)
fatbellyfrank- May 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm
@ Kimbo Thank christ for that, I thought Dana had a horrible surprise for us he just hadn't announced yet
KimboSlice- May 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm
@Get Off Me
It's called an old picture >.<

Hence the Liddell vs. Jackson in the background.
MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad- May 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm
First Post: WOOT!!!
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- May 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm
"sucker stomps dont finish careers, sucker punches do." - cecil peoples.
Get Off Me- May 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm
In regarding the photo up top.......
Since when did Andre Agassi join the UFC?
If that's Dana, then he must be on the James Irvin diet because I saw him Saturday and he did not look like that....