Paul Daley lambasted the UFC’s current welterweight fighters, and went on to describe the co-main event fight between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley as mediocre.
“Semtex”, who was a former UFC welterweight contender himself, was fired from the UFC after throwing a sucker punch at Josh Koscheck after losing via unanimous decision at UFC 113 in May 2010.
Since then, he has competed in various mixed martial arts promotions such as the now defunct Strikeforce, Bellator, and BAMMA, among others. While Paul Daley made an appeal for a UFC return, president Dana White turned it down.
Most recently, Paul Daley attacked the UFC’s 170-pound division through a statement he released via.
“In the time I’ve been away from the UFC, achieving notable success and continuing to light people up I’ve seen the welterweight division swell with incredible fighters,” Daley Said. “Jonny Hendricks, Matt Brown and Dong Hyun Kim being among those worthy of note.”
“I’ve seen fighters I once looked at with a degree of admiration throw their toys out of the proverbial pram acting like petulant children, Nick Diaz being one of them,” he continued. “I’ve also seen the spark leave the division which is seemingly filled by those content on decision wins rather than decisive knock outs or submissions.”
Paul Daley’s UFC release may have brought out some ill feelings from their former fighter. Not only did he criticize UFC 174’s co-main event fight between Tyron Woodley and Rory MacDonald, but he also attacked the entire 170-pound division as well.
“You only have to take a look at UFC 174 to get an idea of where I’m coming from when I say decision wins do not feature in my DNA,” Daley continued. “Two men both coming off mediocre performances looking to seal their place…with a less than stellar performance.”
“Seems the welterweight division is filled with stallers rather than brawlers,” he added.
Paul Daley also took note of the UFC’s most recent influx of fighters leaving the organization permanently and otherwise.
“Apart from wanting to compete with the best and shake up what is essentially a division suffering from inertia the UFC surely could welcome more star power to an organisation which has seen George St Pierre take a sabbatical, Anderson Silva on a long lay off and possible retirement, Chael Sonnen, a serial drugs cheat I might add, finally hanging up his gloves,” he said.