Paul Daley Trying To Work On Returning To The UFC
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.10.2014
He was banned...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Paul Daley (33-12-2) said he's working on returning to the UFC. He was banned from the promotion after a hitting Josh Koscheck with a post-fight punch at UFC 113.
On wanting to compete in the UFC's welterweight division: "I'm seeing so many opportunities, and guys are getting a lot of hype. I think I stand a great chance with them [to] knock them out. Matt Brown – great fighter, great standup fighter, always putting on a great fight. Seems like a nice guy. But put him in there with me, and I think I take him out pretty easily. Tyron Woodley, I feel that my game's developed a lot. I still feel Tyron's conditioning is lacking. He still has that right hand that he hit me with in the opening stages (of our fight in Strikeforce), but I don't see his chances are any better given a second opportunity. Nick Diaz is a massive pay-per-view (draw)."
On his obligations to other promoters: "I have one (contract) with K-1, but they're pretty cool to deal with and I'm sure they'd allow me to fight for the UFC if we can come to some kind of agreement, and also with FFC, which is run by Mirko ‘Cro Cop' (Filipovic)'s former management. I'm sure they would let me out of a contract if something could be worked out. In a perfect world, [kickboxing] would be something I'd like to continue. But I wouldn't want to miss out on the opportunity of fighting for the UFC. I'm 31 years old, (and) MMA is my first and foremost passion."
On a UFC run being his last in MMA: "If I was to head back to the UFC, I would say I would be (close to retiring), because I can't see myself doing much else after that. But if I don't go back to the UFC, I'm going to fight for a few good more years because I'm having great success with kickboxing, defeating some highly ranked guys, and I see the career path there in my later years."