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Old 09-18-2008, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Turning down Fights??

Should fighters be able to turn down fights.

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Brandon Vera not fighting Loyto Machida

I think it is complete BS, you should be willing to fight whomever/whenever as long as you are healthy
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think they should have much say, but fighters know there is always a risk to turning down a fight. Most recently what happened with War Machine. Sure he had 'other' reasons for his termination, but I think that was the most notable reason.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In my opinion fighters should not be able to turn down an opponent if its in their weight class, but should be able to turn down a date if its within a certain amount of time. I think if they have atleast 2 months to prepare then they should have to take who is offered. I'm not able to turn down a job when I'm told what to do at work lol. Fighters are employees and should have to take a fight that is offered. I'm sure a lot of people will say they should be able to, but in my opinion, no
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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IMO, they should fight who they are given. A fight is a fight and the more chance you get for exposure/eperience the better.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't think it should be required due to potential mismatches, time constraints, etc, but it should be looked down upon in most circumstances.
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Should fighters be able to turn down fights.
Of course they should be able to. It's a free world. However, if they turn down fights, they do it knowing that their being in the good graces of the management may go downhill, affecting their future appearances and pay.

It's just like any other job. There are lots of things you can refuse to do... but you can kiss your promotion goodbye.
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They should not be able to turn down fights without being penalized for it, either a demotion to the minors or a forfeiture of a future purse, something significant enough that fighters would have to think long and hard about it. Because so and so is my buddy is NOT a good enough excuse for a professional athlete.
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In my opinion it was smart for Vera to turn down the Machida fight. He didn't have enough time to prepare for him. He said that he would fight him if he had a complete training camp.
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In my opinion fighters should not be able to turn down an opponent if its in their weight class, but should be able to turn down a date if its within a certain amount of time. I think if they have atleast 2 months to prepare then they should have to take who is offered. I'm not able to turn down a job when I'm told what to do at work lol. Fighters are employees and should have to take a fight that is offered. I'm sure a lot of people will say they should be able to, but in my opinion, no
Exactly, it should only be allowed in the sense of time. The Vera example is horrible. He had a fight on June 5th (I think thats when 85 was, wasn't it?) and was asked to fight Machida on July 19th. That is only a month and a half barely for recovery, time off, and a training camp. I would want at least 3 months to prepare for Machida just to develop a gameplan to beat him because he is almost impossible to train for. Not to mention it would be his first time going down to LHW. He only gets backlash because he fought that night, and he still looked horrible against a plug. It would have been a horrible move for him to fight Machida that night.
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