Barnett Never Declined Arlvoski Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
September 25th, 2008

Just after EliteXC announced that they had added former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlvoski to their CBS event, reports surfaced that Josh Barnett had been offered a fight against Arlovski, however declined.  The reason as to why Barnett supposedly turned the fight down was because EliteXC had asked him to take a pay cut from what Affliction Entertainment had been paying him. Barnett was quick to dispel those rumors on his MySpace page.

“I read somewhere that I had declined the fight because I would have had to take a pay cut,” Barnett wrote. “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.”

Barnett has always been a game fighter, taking on and requesting to fight the best in the world, so it would be shocking that he turned down the opportunity to challenge himself against a former UFC champion, especially one of Arlovski’s caliber.

Arlovski will be taking on former/reigning IFL champion Roy Nelson on the October 4th event.

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