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Paul Daley Officially Enters the “Bargaining” Stage of His Post-UFC Career


(Oh, Paul, putting on nude puppet shows for strange old men? We never thought it would come to this. Photo via Esther Lin.) 

Paul Daley has seen some ups and downs since being ousted from the UFC, suffice it to say. Since sucker-punching Josh Koscheck after the final bell of their UFC 113 scrap, Daley has put together 10 wins alongside just 3 defeats under such promotions as Strikeforce, Bellator and the illustrious Shark Fights. Lately, however, legal/visa issues have prevented Daley from fighting in the US (where the real money is) and in fact saw him released from his Bellator contract just last week.

His back now against the wall, Daley has changed his tune in regards to his former promotion, thusly moving on to stage three of the five stages of grief: Bargaining. Daley first reached out to the UFC via his Facebook page:

Dana white “Paul Daley does not wanna be in the UFC”? Given the opportunity Dana , I would be right back in there, please just send me that contract.

Dana questioned about me again, Ariel saying he’s gonna get in touch with me, as we rally for a UFC return. Weather it happens or not, it’s kinda cool, that my recent performances and attitude has caught the attention of the big dogs, despite being on smaller shows.

Got an interview with Ariel Helwani tomorrow, seems talk of a UFC come back has gathered pace. Very important interview, as good a speaking with Dana himself…..oohh what to say?…Kinda nervous now….UFC Manchester? Diaz re-match, Sorry, I’ve grown up, I make weight…I’ve got a little son now…please help me feed him… 

I don’t know about you, but “Help me feed my son” is my favorite form of heartstring-pulling, right up there with “Being on enter reality show here is my destiny, you guys!” Now all Daley needs to do is videotape himself selling flowers on the freeway and his audition tape will be complete!

When questioned on the potential of a Daley UFC return during the UFC on FOX 8 media scrum, Dana White was shockingly pessimistic.

“I thought he hated this place,” said White. “I heard he couldn’t get a visa. And they’re real strict here now on visas. I thought he hated the UFC and said he’d never want to come back here and never wanted to fight here again. What changed?” ”I don’t know, man. I don’t think so.”

Daley appeared on The MMA Hour yesterday to further beg forgiveness, so head over to MMAFighting for the full scoop. While we’re all about second chances here at CagePotato, do you think Daley’s offense is simply unforgivable?

-J. Jones

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BaghdadBob- July 31, 2013 at 8:58 am
It's sad to see a grown man beg.
AndyInflammatory- July 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm
If he only fights on UK shows then he won't need a Visa.
El Guapo- July 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm
When Dana releases you, you stay released.
Meh. Doesn't have the same ring to it as "when Semtex hits you... You stay hit". Plus it's not true since Dana resigns dudes on the regular. I would LOVE to see a Diaz rematch tho.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm
I would love to see Daley knee Koscheck in the hair again. Why not?
Fried Taco- July 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm
I think Daley is simply offensive.
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