Anderson Silva is picking a fight with the UFC, and just like in most of his past six scraps, he’s going to lose.
Silva, the most decorated middleweight champion in UFC history, is irked the UFC isn’t returning his phone calls.
“The Spider” was scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212, but Gastelum was pulled from the June 3 event after testing positive for marijuana. Silva feels slighted because the UFC hasn’t gotten back to him regarding his status for the show in his homeland of Brazil.
He’s tired of the UFC’s “bullsh*t” and dropped an ultimatum: give me an interim middleweight title tilt against Yoel Romero, who has agreed to the tango, or I’ll retire.
Fast forward 24 hours and the UFC has remained radio silent. That’s not all that shocking considering the promotion has a history of not taking too kindly to ultimatums.
However, this is THE ANDERSON SILVA. The man the UFC had previously put their powerful marketing machine behind to pump as MMA’s unquestioned GOAT when Silva was dominating the game.
Unfortunately for Silva, much has changed since he was at his peak, including the UFC’s owners. When you drop a whopping $4 billion on an MMA organization that’s struggling to develop mainstream superstars, it’s understandable every move they make will be in the best interest of recouping as much of their money as quickly as possible.
Silva has posted only one win in four years, so his clout is nowhere near where it was when he plastered Chael Sonnen to set a UFC-record 10 straight title defenses. And even if he was still the 2012 Silva, he probably still wouldn’t get his way.
The UFC has burned bridges with Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Frank Shamrock, BJ Penn, Mark Hunt, Wanderlei Silva, Frank Mir, and so on and so on. It might be easier to list all of the fighters who are still on good terms with the promotion at this point.
In fact, former bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is probably the only UFC superstar to have never had any beef with the UFC. And that might be because she’s BFFs with UFC president Dana White.
What do all of those spurned fighters have in common? They all ultimately lost their respective battles with the UFC.
So if Silva thinks his threat to retire if his demands aren’t met is sending the UFC reeling, think again. Silva’s 42, would likely get crushed by a top-tier middleweight at this stage of his illustrious career and the last time he headlined a card it was streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
The UFC probably already has his retirement montage ready to go.
They have already milked Silva for all he’s worth, and the company’s new owners won’t hesitate to let him ride off into the sunset. Keep in mind, this is the same ownership group who refuses to have a business meeting with McGregor, the man who continues to set UFC PPV and gate records each time he takes center stage.
All things end badly, otherwise they would never end. Silva is about to learn that lesson the hard way.