UFC welterweight Dan Hardy had an opportunity to fight in front of his fellow Brits this past September, scoring a well-deserved decision win over Amir Sadollah. The bout was his first in front of a U.K. crowd in nearly two years, making the victory even sweeter. Unfortunately, it looks like Hardy won’t be back in England anytime soon, as he’s shot down rumors of him seeing action on February 16 when the UFC stops in London for UFC on Fuel 7.

“I won’t be ready to fight in February,” wrote the Nottingham native in response to an online challenge from divisional peer Siyar Bahadurzada. Hardy also wished Bahadurzada well if he himself ends up on the card, showing some love for regional fans in the process as well.

Hardy did not go into specifics regarding his reason for being unavailable. However, when he does return, “The Outlaw” will enter the cage with back-to-back wins behind him. The 30-year old was on the brink of being cut by the promotion before his recent success, dropping four fights in a row after stringing together a quartet of consecutive victories during his initial run of appearances in the Octagon.