â€œIâ€™ve had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologise to the UFC and the Athletic Commission for what Iâ€™ve done as well as all the fans and sponsors that support meâ€¦I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to Josh Koscheck who did not deserve the cheap shot I threw. He did what he needed to do in order to win the fight and get the job done, and I foolishly reacted to the situationâ€¦There is no excuse for my actions and I know what I did was very unprofessional. I was immensely frustrated by a collection of things that took place throughout the fight as well as leading up to it, but Iâ€™m certainly not trying to condone or excuse my actionsâ€¦Josh implemented his game plan perfectly taking me down and staying on top of me for the majority of the fight. I was also frustrated about him claiming (and acting like) I kneeâ€™d him in the head on the ground when it was clear for all to see in the video replay that I didnâ€™t connect at all with the knee I threwâ€¦Then finally, the verbal abuse Josh hit me with in the final 30 seconds of the fight simply pushed me over the edge and my frustrations came out as I knew Iâ€™d lost the fight, was unhappy with my own performance and had then been ridiculed by my opponent to top things offâ€¦This is certainly no excuse for my actions; I fully deserve to be punished for what I did and hope that everyone I have disappointed can forgive my rash decision. I feel very disappointed in myself for losing my cool and hope that I am able to address my temperament and bounce back from this low point in my careerâ€¦I feel ashamed and embarrassed by what I did and hope that together my team and I can get through this issue. It will be a long road back from where I am now to earning the trust and respect of the UFC and the MMA fans that have supported me for so long, I know Iâ€™ve let you all down but Iâ€™m determined to make it up to you all.â€ [Telegraph]
UFC President Dana White announced after the fight that Daley was done with the UFC. The UFC must now decided to stick to there statement and risk losing one of the top welterweight strikers to a competing organization or just punish Daley and move on.
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