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Paul Daley Gets 30-Day Slap on the Wrist for Post-UFC 113 Koscheck Sucker Punch

( UFC contract: $Millions,  30-day suspension: $0, Becoming a bigger heel than Josh Koscheck for sucker punching him after the bell: PRICELESS)

Paul Daley is lucky he didn’t sucker punch Josh Koscheck in Nashville.

Otherwise, he likely would have received a much heftier punishment for the May 8 infraction than the 30-day suspension the Quebec athletic commission — the Régie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux (Regulators of Alcohol, Racing and Gaming) — sentenced him to in his absence at a hearing in the French-Canadian province today.

Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt is reporting that the suspension may not even affect the British welterweight who fought on the July 18 Impact Fighting Championships card where he submitted Daniel Acacio and who is slated to take on Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 — two days AFTER his suspension ends if it begins immediately.

According to Hunt, it is unclear as to when the suspension period officially begins, but it’s likely that it will begin ticking down as soon as Daley receives documentation of the sanctions levied against him.

If you recall, Jason "Mayhem" Miller received a much more sizeable punishment  for inadvertently setting off the Strikeforce: Nashville brawl. Miller and four others, including the Diaz brothers, were initially given fines for as much as $20,000 as well as nine month suspensions. By waiving their right to a formal hearing, the quintet admitted their part in the brawl and as such their penalties were all reduced to $5000-7500 fines and three-month suspensions.

Both Miller and Nick Diaz were dropped from respective scheduled bouts with Strikeforce and DREAM as a result of their suspensions, which cost them much more than their fine amounts.

Besides being dropped by the UFC, which is perhaps the biggest blow to his career and pocketbook, Daley got off relatively easy considering the nature of his unsportsmanlike act. The penalty he was handed won’t do much to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again since it’s more of a paper punishment than anything else and it sets a bad precedent for fighters who commit similar offenses in the future.

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fatbellyfrank- August 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm
@ BnB & Ytrebil, I,m looking forward to seeing Hathaway go round again myself, looks like a great young fighter with a huge future in front of him
fingerssfv- August 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Should have put his a*s in jail. Or better yet: Josh should have bombed on him. It would have looked funny if Koscheck would have beat the sh*t out of Daley after the sucker punch. Now, if it were the fools from Central CA, Kos' whole corner should have jumped in and kicked the sh*t out of him. 30 days? Even if he fights 15 times this year, a 30 day suspension has no bearing on his fights. 30 days? People take 5-6 months off between fights as it is. Not everybody, ok? 30 days! What a joke. At least Daley won't be making more than $4-5,000 per bout now. Maybe $10,000 if he's lucky, but certainly none in the 6-7 figure range.
Booze n Brawl- August 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Are you insane?

"The only major loss that he'll have made will have been his sponsors."

Agreed he's pretty fucked with his sponsors, but theres no way he's gonna be earning anything like UFC money fighting at Shark Fights
WalksInTheDarkness- August 11, 2010 at 6:11 am
What you mean is, he can get wrestled for 15 minutes. Not necessarily finished. Just as Fitch can't finish a fight in 15 minutes unlike Daley who can put someone out if his hands touch them.

Koscheck wrestled him for 15 minutes and Jake Shields did the same thing to him in EliteXC. Nobody in the welter weight division can stand with him.

That guy was fighting more regularly when fighting for smaller shows than when he was fighting for the UFC. The only major loss that he'll have made will have been his sponsors.
ytrebil- August 11, 2010 at 2:34 am
I'm only going 'cos I got freebies. :D
Booze n Brawl- August 11, 2010 at 2:18 am
No i'm from England's drunken next door neigbour and I will be there as well. By the way tickets are selling it will probably only be the two of us
ytrebil- August 11, 2010 at 2:13 am
Right on BnB. Are you English?

I should be at UFC 120 if all goes to plan and I am looking forward to those 2 fights the most (Hardy vs Condit + Hathaway vs Pyle).
Booze n Brawl- August 11, 2010 at 1:58 am
Yeah but Hathaway is the only one of those fighters that can stop a shot though. It will be interesting to see how he progresses when he starts to face a step up in competition. He has a rugby background which is about as close to wrestling as the UK gets.

As for Hardy, he has grown on me since toughing out those submission attempts by GSP and him vs Condit in London should be a great fight.
ytrebil- August 11, 2010 at 1:50 am
I personally don't think Daley or Hardy have been over-hyped at all. Daley got stifled by a wrestler (won't be the first or last time an elite wrestler has made a very good fighter look average) and Hardy went the distance with GSP and managed to survive the numerous sub attempts.

Out of all the British fighters though, I think Hathaway is the most exciting prospect. He comes across as a really likeable dude too. TDD ftw.
Booze n Brawl- August 11, 2010 at 1:38 am
I was delighted to hear Daley wouldnt fight again for the UFC. He was so overly hyped up it was incredible. Almost as much as Dan Hardy and Terry Etim. This was a prime example of DW and the UFC fast-tracking a British fighter towards a title shot. You cant blame them for trying to expand the sport and their business, but if you cant stop Koschecks shot, how are you gonna handle GSP, Jon Fitch or CP's favourite Jake Shields
ytrebil- August 11, 2010 at 1:33 am
rockhuddy is spot on.

Being British, Daley is a disgrace for what he did. He does not represent the country very well. :/
fatbellyfrank- August 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm
UB, no havent seen that one!
Under Banga- August 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm
FBF aye, then he`s after Dana`s hairy ass .have ya seen that vid?
rockhuddy- August 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm
How is this a bad precedent? Why should we give a shit what the athletic commission says? Daley got fired, which seems like more than a slap on the wrist, and I'm glad he didn't get fined- why should the state get his money? I agree that he could be criminally charged, but I'm against the government stealing people's property without a trial and making the business decisions of private companies. Athletic commissions are a perfect example of why government fails at all tasks.

Merlin- August 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm
well what did u expect him to do?
he is British after all ...

And I agree 100% with "fatbellyfrank" we'll be looking for it.
fatbellyfrank- August 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Look for mumbles Toney to have a 30 day holiday booked for after he King hits Randy after the bell, cause Randy G'n'p'ed his fucken face off
fourTwenty- August 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Grimy motherfucker should be charged with assault.