Paul Daley recently said he wouldn’t be fighting this December at BAMMA 8 despite his 2-0 record in the organization and the event taking place in his hometown of Nottingham, England. While no reason was given, “Semtex” made it clear the situation’s status was not the result of a lack of willingness on his part.

Among the many people hoping for a resolution allowing the scintillating striker to compete on the card is Nate Marquardt, a former UFC middleweight title-contender who has recently dropped to 170 pounds and was rumored for a match-up with Daley at the event.

Marquardt confirmed through MMAWeekly he’d heard about Daley’s withdrawal of the event and was left a bit baffled, saying that like fans he too had been excited about the prospect of mixing it up with the hard-hitting Brit.

“I don’t know if he’s scared that he can’t make weight or what. I don’t get it. 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 (statement out). I don’t know what the deal is,” Marquardt replied when asked about the situation, joking, “It could have something to do with the first time I met him (when) I was over in England, and maybe he realized ‘Holy crap, this guy is a lot bigger than me!”

“No matter what he says, I think there’s still a good chance,” Marquardt concluded on the topic.

Marquardt and Daley have combined for 59 total wins in their careers with 43 finishes. BAMMA 8 is currently scheduled for December 10 meaning plenty of time remains for problems to be sorted out.


MMATraining Take: If BAMMA is concerned about Daley hitting 170 pounds, as he’s failed to do in both of his previous appearances, then scrap the idea of the title’s involvement and make a 175 pound catchweight. It’s rare a promotion like BAMMA can make a wholly appealing match-up for fans who normally tune in exclusively to Strikeforce/UFC and Marquardt vs. Daley is exactly that.