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UFC Record: 2-1
Paul Daley was infamously sent packing when he sucker-punched Josh Koscheck after the bell of their welterweight title eliminator bout at UFC 113.
In an interview with Gareth A. Davies of The Daily Telegraph, UFC President Dana White stated unequivocally that, "[Daley] will not fight in the UFC again. He's done. If he does fight again in the UFC, it will not be for another 100 years."
Nearly three years later, White has not budged from this stance.
Since cutting ties with the UFC, Daley has stayed busy fighting for a number of second-tier MMA promotions, most notably Strikeforce. "Semtex" has won nine of his last 12, finishing more than half by way of knockout.
Despite his successes, when Strikeforce was folded into the UFC, Daley's name was conspicuously absent from the roster. He is currently signed to Bellator, the second largest MMA organization, but has been barred from North America due to an arrest stemming from a brawl at a pub in England.
Though Daley may never get the opportunity to compete for the 170-pound belt, there are still a number of compelling fights for him in the UFC's stacked welterweight division.
"Semtex" hits like a truck and rematches with either Koscheck or Nick Diaz would be exciting fights for his return to the Octagon, especially if the UFC plans a card for London in the near future.