Since former UFC star Nate Marquardt signed with UK promotion BAMMA back in July there’s been rumors that he was on course for a mouthwatering welterweight title fight with Paul Daley, but unfortunately it’s unlikely to happen any time soon.

Marquardt announced last week that he’ll make his BAMMA debut at their eight event which is scheduled to take place on December 10th, but today Daley ruled himself as his opponent.

“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,” Daley wrote on his website. “I was most definitely looking forward to competing in front of my home town crowd, and was positive the event would have gone down in, not only Nottingham’s prestigious fighting history, but in UK MMA history as well.

“I still hope BAMMA 8 will be a huge success and look forward to seeing who will take on Nate Marquardt for what I assume will the BAMMA World Welterweight title. The rumours of a possible match-up between myself and Nate are now extremely unlikely to happen.

Daley went 2-0 in the BAMMA cage on Saturday night after earning a unanimous decision over the durable Bulgarian Jordan Radev.

Though he’s ruled out fighting for BAMMA before the end of the year, Daley still plans to get another fight in somewhere as he looks to improve upon a mixed 2-2 record so far in 2011.

“I will be aiming to compete in December, whether the event is to be in the UK or abroad is still to be confirmed.”

The big question now is who Marquardt will face. He had made it known that he was interested in fighting Daley given his international reputation, but with him now out of the picture the promotion’s welterweight roster offers up few appealing match-ups for a fighter of his stature.

Ex Strikeforce fighter Joey Villasenor is the most recognisable name remaining, but he’s had a very poor run over the past 18 months or so, going 0-3.

So it may well be that BAMMA have to look further afield if they are committed to getting credible fights for their marquee signing.