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.”

Stay tuned to for all the latest UFC news and updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White: Conor McGregor 'can't hold up 2 divisions,' will vacate a title with UFC 205 win

  • 11 days ago

Another confrontation appears to be brewing between UFC officials and one of their most popular fighters, Conor McGregor. Things could come to a head if “The Notorious” leaves the UFC 205 main event read news >>

Dana White: Georges St-Pierre doesn't want to fight

  • 11 days ago

Dana White says GSP just doesn't have it inside him to fight anymore read news >>

Dana White's full interview with Jay and Dan on Fox Sports Live

  • 11 days ago

Dana White sat down with Jay and Dan on 10/12 to talk Ronda Rousey's return, Conor McGregor and more. read news >>

Dana White supports Greg Hardy's MMA pursuit - 'Speak For Yourself'

  • 11 days ago

Is Greg Hardy compatible with the new UFC brand? Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Jason McIntyre discuss. read news >>

Will ex-WWE star CM Punk get a second UFC fight? 'Probably not,' Dana White says

  • 11 days ago

It’s looking more and more like Phil “CM Punk” Brooks’ UFC career will be a one-and-done scenario.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dana White: 'Cyborg' Justino 'smart' for wanting 'red panty night' fight with Ronda Rousey

  • 10 days ago

Everybody still wants to see it, but even years later the tremendous lack of progress toward a Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane Justino superfight has cast significant doubt about whether the matchup betwe read news >>

Conor McGregor may never fight in Las Vegas again - 'TMZ Sports'

  • 11 days ago

Dana White took umbrage with the Nevada State Athletic Commission's $150k fine of Conor McGregor for throwing a water bottle. read news >>

Dana White doesn't rule out potential for Greg Hardy in MMA or UFC: 'We all make mistakes'

  • 10 days ago

To avoid burying the lead, Dana White was clear earlier this week that former NFL standout – and accused domestic violence offender – Greg Hardy is not going to jump right into the UFC just because h read news >>

Conor McGregor to vacate title with UFC 205 win

  • 10 days ago

Dana White, the president of the UFC, told "UFC Tonight" that if Conor McGregor wins at UFC 205, he will not defend both titles, but will have to choose which belt he keeps and which belt h read news >>

Remember When Ronda Rousey and Dana White Talked About Women Fighting Men in the Cage? #FBF |

  • 10 days ago

In this Flashback Friday video, we go back to when the "uneducated boxing guy" got Ronda Rousey and Dana White to talk about men fighting women... in the cage! read news >>