Anderson Silva was fined $50,000 by the UFC for not attending a series of media events in Los Angeles, Tuesday, and according to the middleweight champ, he didn’t even know about them. That’s a lot of money to lose due to a scheduling error.
According to the UFC and Dana White, Silva was supposed to attend several events alongside Chris Weidman to promote their upcoming July 6th bout. Silva headed back to Brazil, however, and was dinged 50 grand as a result. While speaking to the Brazlian outlet Veja, the renowned fighter stated (quote via Sherdog.com):
“I’ve never missed any commitment to the UFC. I would never have made the trip to Brazil if I knew I had to be in Los Angeles,” said Silva. “Everyone knows that I always block my media schedule to devote myself to training, since that’s my main priority. I’m an athlete, and my focus will always be to train and be prepared for the challenges.”
When the fine was announced, White said that Silva was being fined since he is contractually obligated to attend promotional events, and that “talking to the media is part of your job.”
Silva will battle the rising Weidman at UFC 162 which will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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