Anderson Silva may be the UFC’s best fighter, but the middleweight champ has reportedly been dinged $50,000 by his employer, after heading back to Brazil rather than attend a series of media events.
According to a report from USA Today / MMA Junkie.com, the renowned fighter is supposed to attend several events tomorrow in Los Angeles to begin promoting his July 6th bout with Chris Weidman. Silva apparently decided to skip the events and has been fined 50K by the UFC as a result.
UFC President Dana White was quoted saying in the story:
“He doesn’t like talking to the media, but it’s part of his contractual obligation. Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not.”
The UFC has been forced to deal with this type of issue before, of course, as Nick Diaz was pulled from UFC 137 and a fight with Georges St. Pierre, after failing to attend two press conferences for the card. White added in today’s report that since tomorrow’s events are “smaller”, Silva has been fined rather than yanked from the event.
Silva’s camp has not released a statement yet regarding his reported decision.
It will be interesting to see moving forward how this might affect the decorated fighter’s relationship with the promotion.
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