Originally Posted by lwbrewer
A lot of varible were not aware of, but turning down the fight with the info we have doesn't put Kongo in a good spot. Kongo's been around long enough that many casual fans know him. He looks like a great tough guy, but we've seen him fight to many times to know the difference.
But I can't help wondering why we're told every time a fighter declines a fight.
I'll never claim to understand dana's reasoning, but it does nothing to increase the brand or the sport for him to tattle on the phone every time someone does something he doesn't like.
I mean, I'm not a Kongo fan by any means, but he'd have a month to get a visa to come back to the states to hopefully jam in a 2 week training camp to face someone who is ranked higher than he is and who isn't a good matchup for him. It would be nice if he took the fight, but I can't think of anyone who'd be surprised that he didn't. If anything, I'm surprised he was even offered the fight.
But I don't understand why dana runs to twitter to give only one side of the story to a highly judgemental--and often stupid--fanbase. It doesn't hype the fight. It doesn't even make Meathead look good for taking the bout. It just negatively impacts a fighter's reputation. And a lot of times it's just misinformation: you get complaints about Shogun not stepping up to fight Jones on short notice--and dana conveniently forgets that Shogun was actually medically suspended when he was offered the bout.
I dunno...it just seems stupid to me.
Can anyone clue me into a good reason for it other than than the disproven "no publicity is bad publicity" myth?
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