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Old 10-13-2008, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do so many fighters take fights on short notice?

A loss in the cage these days could easily mean losing a title shot or having to work back from the bottom of the ladder. Knowing this, why do so many fighters take fights on short notice? Why not try and come in 100%?

Fighters don't get many chances in the octagon, and careers in this sport aren't very long, so why not maximize your chances of success by refusing to fight on short notice?
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Because if you take a fight on short notice and you save the bosses asses you usually get taken care of for the immediate future.

Also if this is brought up because of Kos you go from maybe getting a title shot 2-3 fights down the line to being next in line.
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Because if you take a fight on short notice and you save the bosses asses you usually get taken care of for the immediate future.
Good point, but what if you lose?

And it's a bit shady for the bosses to "take care of you", no?
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good point, but what if you lose?

And it's a bit shady for the bosses to "take care of you", no?
In that phrasing it is, but basically, if you take a fight on short notice, if its your first or early fight, your basically guaranteed a return, win or lose.
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When fighters step up on short notice they get huge amounts of credit with Joe Silve and Dana White.

Stuff like that is remembered when contracts run up and either they are thinking about whether to bring you back.

Now Also fighters want to fight for the most part and when they get an offer a lot of them won't turn them down.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm also sure there are plenty of fighters that say no. I doubt Rogan or Goldie report everyone who has rejected to take a fight on short notice. Therefore, I'm sure you mostly just hear about fighters who take fights on short notice and not fighters who deny these fights.
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If they lose, they always get credit for taking the fight on short notice. The possibility of positive impact on the fighter's career is greater than negative, unless he/she gets steamrolled. If the fight is a big opportunity, and they win or at least make an impression, it's automatic exposure.
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Well as many people have said already, it involves a few things. Obviously money is an issue. You have a nice paycheck with a potential bonus a lot sooner than the fighter would initially get payed for a fight longer down the road. You get more respect in the eyes of Dana and Joe and you get better opportunities. So that's just a few reasons I guess.
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