Originally Posted by Spite
Turning down fights in the UFC is never a good thing. Thats a black mark against his record.
Well at some point a fighter has to be fed up with them. Fact of the matter is he hasn't been on the main card since his KOTY against Terry Etim. Think about that for a second, he has the biggest KO of the year...and they send him back to the prelims. He's been impressive on the prelims but he's not getting the bonuses...because he's on the prelims. Now he has a 6-1 record and is lined up to fight another dark horse Khabilov. This is a fight I could see main eventing a Russian Fuel TV card, and it's buried in the prelims.
So by taking this fight, you aren't getting the monetary bonuses from sponsors or the UFC and you may very well lose and a win doesn't put you in title contention because Khabilov isn't a name.