Former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva is sick and tired of the UFC’s “bullsh*t” and has dropped an ultimatum on the MMA promotion.
Silva, who was slated to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 until Gastelum flunked a drug test for marijuana, is irate that the UFC hasn’t provided him with any updates on a possible replacement for the June 3 event. Silva even has a back-up plan in Yoel Romero for the interim UFC middleweight belt.
Since Silva can’t get a call back from the UFC, he decided to send them a stern message on “The MMA Hour”: Romero for the interim middleweight strap at UFC 212 or I retire.
“The guys no give this fight for me for the interim belt, I’m done,” Silva said Monday. “I’ll go be with my family. I’m done.
“This is perfect bullsh*t. I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’m respectful long time. Everything, I never talk about bad situations in UFC. … I think I’m done. I fight for long time in my life. And I’m tired, bro. I’m so upset. I have my legacy, I have my story. It’s very frustrating, because this is the second time I’m not fighting in my country.”
Romero, the division’s consensus top contender, called in to the live podcast while Silva was on and agreed to the tango.
What has the UFC’s top 185-pounders upset is the company allowed former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to slide right into an immediate title shot against UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping despite sitting the sidelines for three years and having never fought in the division.
Of course Silva isn’t the first fighter to feel disrespected by the UFC, and this isn’t his first time speaking out about his displeasure. In October, “The Spider” felt the UFC didn’t show him enough appreciation for stepping in on just three days’ notice to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 after Jon Jones flunked a drug test.
The 42-year-old Silva later tried to backtrack his comments after speaking with UFC president Dana White, but it’s clear his anger as since returned.
“I’m far too old and I’m done, bro,” Silva said. “I’m sorry. I know I need to respect my fans — I respect my fans. I’m sorry guys. I love the sport. I love fighting. Fighting is my life. But it’s too much bullsh*t.”
Silva, the most decorated middleweight champion in UFC history, is coming off February’s controversial decision win over Derek Brunson. It was his first victory since humiliating Stephan Bonnar in October 2012.