“You’re Either Fighters or You’re Not,” Dana White Unsure Who Cheick Kongo is Waiting For


Cheick Kongo at UFC 87After the debacle that resulted in the UFC 151 cancellation in September, the focus has seemingly been not on fighters that are stepping up to keep fights together, but the ones that are turning down fights, for whatever reason.

UFC president Dana White, meeting with reporters following UFC 154 on Saturday night, appears to be tiring of it.

The latest fighter to be targeted for turning down a fight is Cheick Kongo, who recently abstained when Shane Carwin fell out of the TUF 16 Finale main event with Roy Nelson due to a knee injury.

Kongo was asked to step in, but declined.

When it became public knowledge, Kongo took to Twitter to defend himself, tweeting, “I did NOT REFUSE to FIGHT Roy Nelson . I REFUSED to TAKE A FIGHT on SHORT NOTICE . Which is NOT THE SAME AT ALL.”

White, however, was not swayed. He remained critical Kongo’s decision, as well as others that decline to step in when asked.

“(Kongo) turned down the fight whether it was on short notice or whatever. It’s the second fight he’s turned down in a row,” White declared on Saturday night.

Though he didn’t exactly target Kongo with his follow-up comments, the outspoken UFC president believes that declining fights has become fairly common among fighters that, for whatever reason, are just too afraid of a loss.

“It’s a lot more normal with guys who are worried about losing,” White explained. “Guys who are in a position where if they lose, you know what I mean? You’re either fighters or you’re not. If you win you win, if you lose, back to the drawing board.

“That’s the business you’re in. When you turn down a fight, you turn down a fight, and that’s two in a row (for Kongo). I don’t know who he’s waiting for.”

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