Just hours after news had broken that Affliction and EliteXC had reached an accord that would allow a heavyweight attraction between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson to be added to the Oct. 4 telecast of CBS’ “Saturday Night Fights” came word from several outlets that Josh Barnett was initially proposed as Arlovski’s opponent.

Both Arlovski and Barnett had been scheduled to headline Affliction’s now-postponed Oct. 11 “Day of Reckoning” show in Las Vegas so some were surprised to learn that Nelson was going to face Arlovski instead of Barnett.

According to the unsubstantiated reports, Barnett had turned down a chance to fight Arlovski on CBS because he had allegedly been asked to accept a cut in pay. FiveOuncesOfPain.com’s attempted to contact Barnett for comment in response to the report but our voicemail was not returned. However, Barnett felt compelled to response to the reports by issuing a statement via his official MySpace account.

“I read somewhere that I had declined the fight because I would have had to take a pay cut,” wrote Barnett. “I suppose others may also formulate some story about me declining the fight for other reasons.

“I never (declined) to take this fight. I was never told that I would have any part of my pay reduced since working with Affliction. To my knowledge, no one has been asked to take a pay cut that fights for Affliction.

“I did not turn down this fight.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

UFC champ Jon Jones out of jail on $2,500 bail

  • 5 days ago
  • 9 views

Just a few hours after turning himself in, Jon Jones is out of jail Monday night. The UFC light heavyweight champion posted $2,500 bail and was released at 10:13 p.m. local time, according to Bernali read news >>

Report: Jon Jones out of UFC 187 fight with Anthony Johnson

  • 6 days ago
  • 298 views

According to credible reports, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is out of his UFC 187 title defense against Anthony Johnson. Twitter has been afire with rumors about UFC light heavyweight cha read news >>

Dana White doesn't 'give a sh*t' if people were leaving during UFC 186 main event

  • 6 days ago
  • 5 views

Reports from the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night said that many fans left UFC 186 before the conclusion of the main event between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. read news >>

Gegard Mousasi taking John Makdessi and Fear the Fighter to court

  • 8 days ago
  • 7 views

Reports of poor business practice by MMA apparel brand Fear the Fighter have been ongoing for some time now, and it looks like at least one fighter is doing something about it. Things are going from read news >>

CB Dollaway discusses being held up in customs for six hours upon arriving to Montreal

  • 9 days ago
  • 10 views

MONTREAL -- CB Dollaway talks about his UFC 186 fight against Michael Bisping, being held up in customs for six hours upon arriving to Montreal, what went wrong against Lyoto Machida, getting under M read news >>

Josh Barnett: ‘I Can Beat Anybody in the World on Any Day, Period’

  • 12 days ago
  • 27 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett hasn't fought in quite some time, but he's still confident that he's among the best fighters in the world. read news >>

Morning Report: Dan Henderson would have liked to see Jon Jones face 'higher consequences' after his 'four hours of reha

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

Dan Henderson isn't a big fan of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Embroiled in the collateral damage of the beef between Jones and then No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier, Henderson was its bigg read news >>

Walmart is Selling Ronda Rousey’s New Book, Contrary to Reports

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

Contrary to recent reports, Walmart is selling UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's new book, My Fight/Your Fight. read news >>

Report: Kickboxer Sergei Lascenko shot and killed in Odessa

  • 24 days ago
  • 54 views

Reports from the Ukraine indicate that K-1 veteran Sergei Lascenko has been killed in Odessa. Get the details here. Sad news coming out of Odessa, Ukraine today. Kickboxer Sergei Lascenko has been ki read news >>