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Cheick Kongo Opens Up About Why He Turned Down the Roy Nelson Fight

Cheick Kongo responded to claims he declined a fight with Roy Nelson because he didn't want to face "Big Country" in December via Twitter over the weekend. After an injury to Shane Carwin, the UFC asked Kongo to face Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale next month.

"I did NOT REFUSE to FIGHT Roy Nelson," Kongo posted. "I REFUSED to TAKE A FIGHT on SHORT NOTICE. Which is NOT THE SAME AT ALL."

Kongo defeated Shawn Jordan earlier this year, improving to 17-8-2 in his career and 4-1-1 in his last six fights overall.

The UFC signed Matt Mitrione, who lost via decision to Kongo last year, to face Nelson on December 14 from Las Vegas.

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