Originally Posted by lester proctor
Pirog seemed happy to come to the US to fight Lara, only to be met with silence.
Do you remember the context of Lara's callout? Pirog had just made a very large offer to Sergio. After Pirog said he'd be fine fighting Lara in Russia for the same money he pays his other challengers, Lara was not heard from again.
Well I don't think Lara ever has been close to a position to automatically command TV dates. And there would seem to be a reasonable expectation that the purse would be larger than that offered to the Martirosyans and Maciels, especially given all of the kvetching about lack of opponents willing to fight in Russia going on at that point in time.