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Paul Daley Thinks He Deserves to Fight For Vacant Strikeforce Strap, Then to Coach on TUF and Then to Fight for UFC Belt

(“…and I want water made from the iceberg the Titanic hit and….”)

When Strikeforce announced over the weekend that Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, who lost to Nick Diaz in his last fight in January, would  be facing Paul Daley – Diaz’s last victim – on SF’s July 30 card,  it was surprising to hear murmurs that the winner might take home the promotion’s vacant strap for a number of reasons.

For one, both men are coming off losses. Sure they were to Diaz, who was as dominant of a champion as Strikeforce has ever known, but why not make them earn a shot at the title like everyone else. You could argue that undefeated Tyron Woodley, (who we were told by a source close to Daley a few days prior to Santos being pulled from his bout with Tarec Saffiedine to instead face the brash Brit was Semtex’s original opponent) deserves a shot before either fighter.

Secondly, why should Daley and Santos get back-to-back title shots? Doesn’t that somehow cheapen the belt and make it a runners up prize? Why not just give it to the second place finisher then like they do with the Miss America title when the winner is unable to fulfill her duties?

Anyway, Daley is of the opinion somehow that he thinks he deserves to immediately fight for the belt again, like a do-over is common in MMA championship bouts.

“Nothing’s been said but, to me, it makes sense,” Daley said ESPN ‘s UFC Podcast. “Nick Diaz vacates the title, we were the last two guys to contend for the Strikeforce welterweight title, so it’s the only thing that makes sense to me. I would suggest, if I was promoting it, that the next fight is for the title.”

He would also like to suggest that he be allowed back in the UFC and be given a coaching gig on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Josh Koscheck in spite of Dana White’s assertion that he will never fight for the Zuffa-owned promotion again. Can’t balame a guy for tryin’.

“[TUF] would be good! That would be very interesting. Would Dana White let it happen? I doubt it. I don’t mind TV, I don’t mind going up against Koscheck,” he explained. “My season would definitely be interesting because I say things how they are. I don’t play up for the cameras. It would be funny.”

If White doesn’t go for that suggestion, Daley says he’s got many more suggestions about how he should run his business that involve him being given plenty of big opportunities.

“I want a Diaz rematch. If Diaz loses to GSP and my fight’s for the title, I’ll get the title and then use it to line up a rematch with Diaz. I know it’s within my power to beat Diaz. It sounds stupid because I lost to him, but had I not have got caught with a certain shot around the two-minute mark, I wouldn’t have been fighting on instinct and the fight would have been a lot different,” he said. “He had the ability, the skill or the fortune to land that shot to the temple, which I couldn’t recover from with the pace he was setting.”

As far as his loss to Diaz, Daley sees the finish a lot differently than pretty much everyone else. He maintains that, in spite of the close-up that clearly showed him wobbly and stunned sitting on the stool and asking what the hell happened after eating a slew of shots from Diaz that saw Big John McCarthy step in and save him from taking more damage, he wasn’t in trouble and likely would have recovered sufficiently to mount a come-from-behind win.

“A different ref, a different day… we’ve recently seen the Jose Aldo versus Mark Hominick fight, we’ve seen the Shane Carwin v Junior Dos Santos fight. Those guys were in far greater trouble than I was and the fight was allowed to go on. John McCarthy refereed the Hominick fight and let it continue, but he was different with me. He stopped it with three seconds to go, yet when I landed six shots after Diaz face-planted he didn’t even bat an eyelid. There’s frustration about that because I think McCarthy is a good ref, but there is no consistency. If you’re gonna let a fight continue when Hominick’s got a big f***ing lump on his head and on numerous times he’s in bad spots, you can’t stop a championship shot with three seconds to go. I had my guard up, I was kicking Diaz’s legs… had Herb Dean been refereeing I think the fight would have been allowed to continue.”

Sure, buddy. Keep telling yourself that.

As far as regretting the punch he threw at Koscheck, Daley obviously hasn’t learned how to “play the game” like Diaz.

“[The punch ] is a bit hard to comment on, but I would have thought I could have thrown a better punch and knocked him out, given that Koscheck wasn’t expecting it.



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MMA_Hole- June 17, 2011 at 2:09 am
@ mahoney00. I know that this isn’t a highbrow MMA news site but it’s still reasonable for its readers to expect the articles posted on it to contain at least a grain of truth. If you read the interview and then read the accompanying text you could be forgiven for thinking there had been a mistake. The point about Daley saying he deserves a UFC title shot, which is mentioned in the title of the article, is a complete fabrication. That begs the question, are the writers and proofreaders here truly incapable of comprehending such a simple statement as Daley’s, or are they simply comfortable with inventing their own news for the sake of bringing in readers? Neither one is acceptable.
Most MMA fans love the ‘Sprawl n’ Brawl’ style that Daley uses so well. Chuck Liddell became one of the most popular fighters of all time using the same tactics. However, it’s all a matter of taste and you can’t be faulted if that’s not your thing.
However, I can’t say I agree entirely with your other statements. Paul has victories over Masvidal, Smith, Hazelett, Kampmann, Acacio, Alessio, Weir, Ludwig, Liaudin and Foupa-Pokam amongst others. While these names don’t represent the elite level of MMA competition, they are certainly top talent. If you don’t enjoy watching any fighters but the very best fight then there can’t be more than a handful of enjoyable fights for you a year. Also, it’s a hell of a leap to label Daley irrelevant. His last fight was for a title in the second most prestigious MMA organisation in America.
As for his ‘doucheyness’, Paul’s actually a nice guy. He just happens to be a nice guy with a very short temper, unfortunately.
mahoney00- June 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

I don't come here for "journalistic integrity or basic reading comprehension" -- I come here for some chuckles which CP usually delivers (and I'm being very generous with that statement).

Regardless, we all have seen Daley's "doucheyness" and his inability to hang with top talent. So he has now become somewhat irrelevant and annoying. When he starts doing more than kickboxing and attempting to stuff takedowns, I will definitely watch.
Seoul Brother- June 16, 2011 at 3:54 am
Paul Daley is a fucking cunt. I don't care what slag squirted him out, where he's from, what deity he believes in, or any other criteria some weak ass bitch is going to use to say "You hate Paul Daley because he's British" or some other horseshit.

Plain and simple - Paul Daley is a fucking cunt.
MMA_Hole- June 16, 2011 at 1:40 am
What has Cage Potato got against British fighters? This is the second time in a handful of days that you've twisted the words of one in order to put together a negative and derogatory article.

Firstly, Daley never says he deserves to coach TUF, he just responds to an interviewer who mentions it.

Secondly, at no point does he say that he deserves a shot at the UFC title. He says that he'd like a rematch with Diaz if he loses to St. Pierre. I shouldn't really be having to explain this to someone writing on a major MMA site but, if Diaz loses, he won't get the title. Since he wouldn't have the title, a fight between him and Daley wouldn't be for the title. What Daley actually said was that he'd like to win the Strikeforce title and use that as leverage to get a rematch with Diaz.

Disputing Daley's perfectly reasonable statement about how another ref may have let the Diaz fight go on a bit longer with all the eloquence and reasoning of an 11 year old doesn't lend the piece any credibility either.

The statement about the Koscheck punch is presented completely out of context too. For obvious reasons, no source is presented here but, if anyone's interested, it's pretty easy to find the original interview that carefully selected sentence was plucked from.

Whoever wrote this either has issues with journalistic integrity or basic reading comprehension. Either way, they're probably not the best person to be writing articles for a news site.

Honestly, from top to bottom, this is an embarrassment.

Also, LOL at all the posters above me who failed to notice the inconsistencies between the article and Daley's actual statements and got all pissy.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Wow this was like listening to Charlie Sheen but black. #WINNING!!!!
DMG777- June 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm
hahahaha paul false crack daley is tripping . this fool needs to win a fight .
mmaandrew34- June 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm
WELTERWEIGHT GRAND PRIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if zuffa steals my idea without giving me a lot of money ima sue them
hooligun- June 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm
hehe lovin how many comments a daley story generates!
and I for one would love to see him smash cyborg, pick up the (mainly meaningless) SF title - coach against koscheck and beat the snot out of him.
beyond that though he's on his own.
AndyInflammatory- June 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm
"who we were told by a source close to Daley a few days prior to Santos being pulled from his bout with Tarec Saffiedine to instead face the brash Brit was Semtex’s original opponent"

PS worst sentence ever
AndyInflammatory- June 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Paul Daley is a blood
Pen Fifteen- June 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
The article suggests, for example, Tyron Woodley, as a more credible contender for the SF belt than either Daley or Cyborg.
ccman- June 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm
@ loki, yes, but those bitches weigh in above lesner. he actually cant get licensed to fight them post sickness. And if you been to london, tit's is used as an expression for bullshit for a reason.
RaginAsian- June 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Cyborg would crush him. And then her husband would beat him.
intercept440- June 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm
not only is daley a whinny bitch and a douche he is also SCUNTY... Scunty = Smelly cunt
NomadRip- June 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm
The only guy who can make Kos and Bisping look good.
Snitches_get_stitches- June 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm
I think the smartest thing Daley said throughout that whole article was the line "...It sounds stupid..." Screw this guy.
LOKI- June 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm its not.
"London! You know; fish, chips, cup-o-tea? Bad food, worse weather, Mary fuckin' Poppins?! LONDON!"
I would also add; jacked-up grillz, genetic alergy to wrestling, and the huge natural titty capitol of the world.
So, thats one in a row for them.
Fedor Penn- June 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Daley vs Masvidal rematch. Gamebred was robbed. He only had 9 days to prepare and Daley came in way over weight.
The Fresh One- June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Strikeforce's "titles" lost all credibility the second Bret Rogers was announced as Overeems opponent, wait, I mean the second Diaz v Zaromskis was announced for the WW "title," wait, I mean sometime between 2007 and 2010 when the HW "title" was never contested...
danomite- June 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm
It's called a five-year plan, you guys. Sounds to me like this Daley kid has a good head on his shoulders.
ccman- June 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm
If the ref hadn't stopped the fight -- you would be dead.
If i hadn't sucker punched Kos -- you would have continued fighting more complete fighters and lost until fired.
If he hadn't hit you on the temple -- he would have hit you on the chin.
If herb dean had been the ref -- you still would have lost.
If you got a chance to coach on TUF -- the ratings would plummet further. Worse if with Kos.
If you fought GSP -- he would shatter one of your limbs, cancel that, you would quit way before it actually hurt.
holy shit we officially have our black, british Tito. Jackson or ortiz.... your pick
mahoney00- June 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm
I think it is interesting that he notes a shot around the 2:00 mark caused his demise. Didn't he have almost over 2 more minutes to recover his senses?
Crap Factory- June 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Who is Paul Daley?
towelie- June 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm
plain and simple, he's not as good as he thought, but don't compare yourself to Diaz, man. If you lost, where does this feeling of self entitlement come from. I should get this, and I should also get this and forget that I was a total douche and hit someone after the fight was over, but then i should coach your show. seriously grow the fuck up.
wrestlemma- June 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Wow... Does Daley think he's gonna improve his rep by saying all of this??