It is no secret that former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is receiving special treatment from the UFC brass. Apart from UFC president Dana White’s actions, the strongest proof of it is his decision to not punish McGregor for the UFC 223 bus attack that injured two fighters and forced the cancellation of three fights.
“We talked, it’s good,” White said during the UFC 223 post-fight press conference. “I think that there’s a mutual respect between us and obviously this week, I had so many things thrown at me. To focus on this show was insane. We’ll get back and we’ll focus on Conor McGregor.”
“At the end of the day, there’s a lot worse that goes on in all the other sports, so I’ll take a dolly through a window any day.”
Rightfully, many fighters are not pleased with the double-standards when it comes to the Irishman. One of them is former UFC welterweight Paul Daley, who has been banned from the UFC after throwing a sucker punch at Josh Koscheck after the final horn of their fight sounded at UFC 113 in May 2010.
“Was what McGregor did worse? Yes, of course, it is,” Daley said (via MMAjunkie). “He and his team forced themselves into the Barclays Center, they attacked a bus of people. Me and Koscheck? It is completely different.”
“I knew it was going to play out the way it did. The difference between me and McGregor is the amount of money that McGregor brings to the UFC. That’s it. That’s always going to be the case.”
The 35-year-old Daley has since moved on from the UFC, fighting in other organizations such as the now-defunct Strikeforce, and Bellator MMA, where he is currently signed. As promised by White himself, Daley “will never fight in the UFC again”, even if he rises to the top once again.
These days, Daley is no longer taking offense to the way the UFC handled his case. In fact, he has been using it as a motivating factor to do well in his career, even outside the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization.
As for McGregor, Daley says the UFC will be at a huge loss if the company decided to take action.
“If they let McGregor go, they have nothing. Dana knows that,” Daley said. “Hence, why he can attack a busload of people, damn near ruin a whole weekend event, cut up Michael Chiesa, whatever, do all that sh-t and still be allowed to fight.”
While the UFC may not be imposing sanctions, McGregor is still scheduled for a court date in Brooklyn for the UFC 223 melee, where he is facing multiple charges.