Yesterday in the main event of the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 13, Claudia Gadelha tagged Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a strong punch after the bout ended.
The blow was reminiscent of the one Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley landed on Josh Koscheck in 2010 that ultimately saw Daley handed his walking papers, and receiving a lifetime ban from the UFC.
However, at the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White explained how the situation differed from Daley’s.
“People were going crazy on that one, ‘She hit her after the bell, she did this, she did that.’ And then of course everybody goes back to Daley. ‘You kicked Daley out for that.’ The difference is this: when Daley did it to Koscheck, I was in there, and I went up to Daley because he was getting pulled around, and he didn’t care. He didn’t give a s**t. He looked right at me and said he didn’t care.
“As soon as [Gadelha] did it to [Jedrzejczyk], she reached her hand out and she apologized to her. She said ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry.’ She apologized.”
“Those two had a war. They’re in the heat of a battle. She landed a kick and then the bell rang, and then she hit her with a punch. And then she completely apologized for doing it. Totally different scenario (than Daley).”