Former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt will be making his next appearance at BAMMA 8 in December, and he has his sights set solely on one opponent.
His name is Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley.
Following Marquardt’s release from the UFC, Daley, along with several other fighters, jumped on the bandwagon to attack the Colorado based competitor, and whether the charges they made were legitimate or not, Marquardt was definitely listening to them all.
Now with his debut set for December, Marquardt was set to call out Daley and make their fight a reality, but now he’s hearing that the Brit won’t be appearing on the card.
“I was hoping to fight Paul and I heard the same thing, I heard he put it on his website or something that he’s not going to be fighting in BAMMA in December, or at least he’s not going to be fighting me in December,” Marquardt said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio.
“I don’t know what to think about that. I think it’s still a possibility.”
Daley released a statement via his website stating, “I’m sorry to announce that I will not be fighting on the BAMMA 8 card in Nottingham on 10th December. Details as to why I will not be appearing on this card will remain undisclosed.”
Marquardt isn’t letting up, however, because he wants to face Daley in the cage, but he’s not sure that Daley is up to the task.
“I don’t know if he’s scared that he can’t make weight or what. I don’t get it,” Marquardt stated. “Doesn’t make sense to me. I know he would be willing to fight me, but I just don’t know what his reason is for putting that. I don’t know what the deal is.”
BAMMA officials have remained mum regarding Daley’s statement or why he won’t be competing on the card. Daley is currently scheduled to fight in Montreal in October against American Top Team fighter Luigi Fioravant in the main event of Ringside MMA.
Marquardt says prior to last weekend’s BAMMA 7 card in England where he flew over to catch the event and do a media tour, he had never met Daley. The UFC veteran admits their meeting was cordial and he even wished Daley luck for his fight that weekend against Jordan Radev.
“It could have something to do with the first time I met him. The first time I met him was over in England, and maybe he realized ‘holy crap, this guy is a lot bigger than me,'” Marquardt joked. “I really don’t know what the reason is, I still hope it happens though.”
Marquardt isn’t giving up however. He’s hoping that he gets to fight for the BAMMA welterweight title in December, and he wants it to be against the promotion’s last champion in Paul Daley.
“No matter what he says, I think there’s still a good chance,” Marquardt commented about facing Daley.
BAMMA 8 is set to go down in Nottingham, England on Dec. 10.