It's hard to believe there was a Josh Koscheck fight last night where someone other than Koscheck came out looking like the biggest idiot.
But there was Paul Daley, after being frustrated by Koscheck's dominance of him for most of the fight, throwing a sucker punch that seemed to land at least in part. Referee Dan Miragliotta put it best as he grabbed Daley around the neck and held him back against the cage, "Are you kidding me?! You're a professional!"
Professional, however, will now be a debatable term, as Dana White absolutely did the right thing after the show in cutting Daley from the organization. In a sport trying to gain a reputation as being anything but a bunch of classless bums brawling, Daley's embarrassing act gave all of those that stand in UFC's way from being sanctioned more ammunition. Luckily, with a trained, dangerous fighter taking a shot at an unprepared Koscheck, the damage wasn't any worse, or so would have been the reaction the company had to deal with.
So as Daley now heads to look for work, Josh Koscheck, fresh off berating the Montreal-crowd, will head to a massive clash with George St. Pierre. With a hero-villain story to be played out on the next season of the Ultimate Fighter, this fight should manage a huge day at the box-office.
Unfortunately, with the filming of the reality show, it will still be a little while until we get to see the GSP-Koscheck clash. In that time, Paul Daley may be able to make his triumphant return to MMA and fight in front of dozens of people in some of the greatest bars within a driving distance of his house. And whenever and where ever that fight is, let's hope they have another referee in the cage big enough to keep Daley in line.