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Paul Daley ready to re-sign with the UFC

ESPN staff
April 6, 2011
Paul Daley talks on the ESPN UFC Podcast

Paul Daley has finally admitted that he would like to fight his way back into the UFC, despite his simmering relationship with president Dana White.

Daley has had plenty to say since Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, initiated the takeover of Strikeforce, the organisation Daley currently fights for. The Brit almost pulled out of this weekend's title fight with Nick Diaz, and he maintains White has a personal disliking of him.

However, despite being cut by White following an illegal post-fight punch against Josh Koscheck in 2009, Daley has confessed on the ESPN UFC Podcast that - when everything is swept to one side - he would be willing to negotiate with White if the phone call arrived.

"Dana White approached me straight after the fight in the cage and expected an apology there and then, and I wasn't interested," Daley said of the Koscheck punch. "It's not the right environment for you to approach someone straight after the fight when emotions were running high.

"I'm sure everything would have been different had Dana White approached me after I had calmed down, I'm sure he would have got an apology then.

"Definitely I'd be willing to discuss terms because a lot of my fans want me back in the UFC. Although they rate what I'm doing in Strikeforce, they don't see it as being on a par with what I'm doing in the UFC.

"They're always comparing me to the current UFC rostrum and saying 'you'd beat him' or 'you're better than him, why is he in the UFC when you're not?' For my fans I'd like to be there.

"I'm quite content doing what I'm doing, but for the fans I wouldn't mind going back to the UFC."

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