In an interesting twist to yesterday’s announcement that Affliction was going to allow Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson to compete on EliteXC’s October 4th event, various reports were surfacing that Arlovski’s original opponent for “Day of Reckoning” had turned down the fight.
Josh Barnett and Arlovski were scheduled to fight on October 11th in Las Vegas, but once card was postponed the fight was put on hold.
Feeling compelled to respond to the report, Barnett wrote a blog on his MySpace account which said the following:
“I read somewhere that I had declined the fight because I would have had to take a pay cut. 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.
Interestingly enough if Barnett never turned down the fight, it begs the question of was he even offered the fight at all.