I dont know about you guys but when a so called fighter declines a fight or refuses a fight for any reason other than medical, it makes me sick to my stomach.
when I learned that Vera had turned down a fight with machida about a year ago any remaining respect i may have had for him was gone instantly. A guy who claimed he would hold both the hw and lhw belts simultaneously to turn down what at the time was a huge oppurtunity toward getting a possible shot at the lhw belt was hypocricy.
Now we here about aldo, who first expressed intrest in fighting at 155 and trying to win that belt, gets a fastrack oppurtunity to the lw belt with being offered a top contender in florian, and instead of jumping on and siezing this huge oppurtunity he declines the fight.
My personal feeling is if any fighter declines a fight he should be permenantley banned from p4p lists or discussion.
I would like to know if im in the minority in my thinking and where you guys stand on the topic. Below is a brief coversation I had with a couple of other maniacs, which inspired me to creat this fan post.
give me a break, the guy passed up a huge oppurtunity to begin cementing his legacy, i’ll pass on wtching this guy fight
true fighters dont refuse fights EVER, see if a legend like lidell ever turned down a fight
Maybe he wants to test him self, but actually knows how to do it. I doubt gsp would turn down a top mw if it was his first time in the division. Would you take gsp off the p4p list in the same situation?
even if theres nothing to gain, a true fighter fights and smashes who ever they put in front of him, without ever refusing a fight, those are the kind of fighters that belong in p4p lists and become legends, not this guy