Last month, British brawler Paul Daley let the world know he would not be taking to the cage in front of his hometown fans in December when the BAMMA organization stops in Nottingham, England. However, likely opponent Nate Marquardt spoke out shortly thereafter, stating he still hoped to make the match-up happen, and gave fight-fans a dose of hope regarding the rumored rumble.
However, without any significant progress towards pairing the welterweights at BAMMA 8, “Semtex” has now moved his attention to other things, including preparation for a bout tomorrow night against UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti, and will not see action again until 2012 rolls around.
“I would have liked to have fought on BAMMA 8. We tried hard to make it happen,” Daley explained during a recent conversation with MMAWeekly. “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.”
“Because there was so much indecisiveness just trying to make the fight happen, it just sort of lost steam with myself and then the other people involved trying to make the fight happen. The process was just too long to keep a sort of motivation going into it,” the powerful striker continued.
Fortunately, the 28-year closed things out no a positive note, making it clear a future fight between the two is still likely.
“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 has compiled a 28-11-1 mark in his career with twenty strike-based stoppages to his credit. Among his past victories are wins over Duane Ludwig, Jorge Masvidal, Martin Kampmann, and most recently Jordan Radev at BAMMA 7 in September.
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MMATraining Take: It’s nice to see Daley put some thought behind his decisions instead of acting out in the moment. As much as I would like to see Marquardt and Daley throw down in a few months I can’t disagree with the route “Semtex” is strolling. There wasn’t a big push for the bout from BAMMA, likely based on their displeasure with his issues making weight under their banner, and with five in-ring appearances under his belt in 2011 after this weekend’s scrap with Fioravanti there’s no reason for Daley to rush his training with such an important fight ahead of him.