The difference sport is a key factor though, martial artist are expected to have a very different level of respect/restraint in these types of circumstances and such actions are frowned upon much more in the world of martial arts.
Says who, where is this rule that people who train to fight for a living have to follow this direct rule and code of conduct? I don't care if they are different sports. They are all highly trained athletes and at the same time, also human.
What if Eric Cantona had done the exact same action if he was a fighter and tried to assault a fan in the crowd? Would the rules suddenly change then because he competes in a different sport? I dont see how you can defend such actions of regardless if what sport they are in.
The fact that the UFC has spent years marketing itself in a fashion to escape the early connotations of it being a brutal and barbaric sport mean the powers that be within the organisation are going to (rightfully) take a very hard line on any such acts also.
Years and years of marketing to escape these barbaric connotations, yet they still have the fighters compete in a locked steel cage and still have the same horrible, heavy metal music and horrible introductions for each UFC event.....
What would happen if Anderson Silva had done a Paul Daley? Would Dana have kicked him out to? I don't think so
I never said Daley should have been charged with assault, I said had he landed and caused damage he would have been.
Ok you can argue the level of intent to harm, and obviously he was not loading up looking to tear his head of, but his intentions were to land a significant enough strike on Kosheck via his frustration at the fashion of his loss and had he actually connected with that he from the angle of attack and amount of force thrown he still would have caused sufficent damage.
His intentions to land a significant strike were just as equal to Cantona's intentions to land a significant strike to an innocent fan. yet they both failed to cause any real damage. You say Cantona's kick was humerous, he missed and he caused no real damage so it shouldn't matter, but you then criticise Daley for the exact same thing. Daley was frustrated at koscheck;s trash talk (which koscheck said he didn't want to repeat and were a lot worse than a yo momma joke), Cantona was frustrated about the red card and the trash talk from a near by fan, they both reacted. Yet Cantona's kick was humerous and didnt really matter because he caused no damage. Same thing with Paul.
The sport in which such events occur does make a difference of course, a scuffle or two on the Ice Rink during a hockey match is pretty much acceptable and it is not frowned upon entirely on the rugby field so long as they do not result in severe injury.
I dont watch Hockey and have never understood why they scrap and some how they get away with this behaviour and it is perfectly acceptable. I dont watch much rugby either, but I didnt realise that fights break out often in the sport. I dont see why it should be one rule for one sport and a different rule for another. As I said before, they're all trained athletes and human beings, their actions should be perceived equally.
Martial arts is different, its a basic and fundamental unwritten rule for any martial artist that such conduct is not acceptable, I'm sure if you have done any martial arts yourself you would have had it drilled into you a thousand times....this is another reason why the reaction to sucker punches (bitch slaps even if this is what you prefer to label Daley's strike) are seen to be so unacceptable.
Where is this unwritten rule of honour and respect? MMA and the UFC isn't a Bruce Lee movie. Koscheck repeatedly talking smack in his opponents ear during the fight should also be frowned upon by other martial artists then. I don't buy into this unwritten rule of respect and honour that all fighters are told to obey. I'm sure footballers are also told to respect the other teams players and fans too and that violence is unacceptable.
I have even said, that because of the minimal level of damage caused the door should be left open to Daley to return to the UFC some day if he were to warrant a place via his results (but I feel he is not playing the game and refusing to take the remorseful stance he should take in order to repair whatever damage his actions caused to the sport and the UFC's marketing campaign)
Daley was remorseful and very apologetic the day after the incident. He said that Dana didnt even phone him or tell him face to face that he had been sacked. instead he found out over the internet or some thing. I think Daley took Dana Whites actions personal and he's obviously a stubborn dude. I cant stand Dana White myself, so I can reason with Daleys recent out burst tbh.
As for Cantona, again no real damage was caused (he probably hurt himself as much) his kick was more amusing than deadly as it was poorly executed and he fell backwards onto an advertising board (although I believe he left some stud marks on Simmons)
Responded to this earlier.
Had he caused significant damage he no doubt would also have been charged with assault though, like Duncan Ferguson was (I believe he served time in jail for punching an opponent on field)
My point was the level of acceptance is different by the viewing audience in football/hockey compared to mma and certainly by the UFC compared to the FA or FIFA (as these footballing bodies do not have negative images of brutality to contend with and are not pushing to have their sport licensed in certain states/countries)
Zidane's head but was stupid, but made to look worse than it worse by Materazzi diving to the floor knowing he would gain advantage to his team by getting Zidane sent off.
The Keane incident you mention, yes that was a disgrace and I would also throw Ben Thatchers elbow on Pedro Mendez into the equations for examples of outrageous football violence.
Again, I dont see why different sports should have a different set of rules and different expectations from the fans and other players. Cantona's flying kick is praised by the majority of fans and seen as cool, yet if he did the same thing as an MMA fighter he would be hated and frowned upon. I just can;t reason with that logic