Former UFC fighter Paul Daley had planned on facing ex-UFC competitor Nate Marquardt in December at BAMMA 8, but says the process of putting together the fight has taken too long.
Now, Daley will sit out the remainder of 2011 after meeting Luigi Fioravanti later this month. “Semtex” does hope to match up with Marquardt in 2012.
“I would have liked to have fought on BAMMA 8. We tried hard to make it happen,” said Daley, while appearing on MMAWeekly Radio recently. “It’s 100 percent not going to happen. Even if we were waiting on getting the go-ahead, my focus has shifted to just sitting out the rest of the year.”
Daley rebounded from back-to-back losses while fighting for Strikeforce against Nick Diaz and Tyron Woodley to defeat Jordan Radev this past September. The fight with Fioravanti will be the main event of Ringside MMA 12, which takes place October 21 in Canada.
As for Marquardt, that remains a fight on Daley’s agenda, as long as everything can be worked out. He is also hoping the bout will be for a BAMMA title.
“It’s a fight that can still happen, so hopefully next year, depending on where I’m at and how things work out, it can be a fight we can do next year, hopefully here in the U.K.,” Daley said. “I want to fight for the belt and Nate is the biggest fight there is in BAMMA. The show is getting bigger, so it would mean a lot to win the BAMMA belt and even more to win it from Nate Marquardt.”
Daley is also still under contract with Strikeforce, but the promotion has allowed him to compete for BAMMA, as well.