Over the years, Anderson Silva hasn’t been very critical of the UFC, at least publicly, but that certainly hasn’t been the case recently.
Silva was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212, June 3rd, until the latter was flagged by USADA for possible marijuana use, and removed from the bout. Silva appeared on this week’s “MMA Hour”, and the Brazilian star proceeded to demand that the UFC book him to fight Yoel Romero. According to Silva, if he doesn’t fight Romero for the interim middleweight title next, “The Spider’s” hanging up the gloves.
Not only that, but Silva made it crystal clear that he isn’t happy about the fact Georges St-Pierre has been tapped for a title fight with Michael Bisping. According to Silva, the UFC originally told him he’d face the former welterweight champ, if and when GSP returned (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“I don’t know what happened. Nothing happened. Georges St-Pierre is now back to fight for the belt. It’s terrible! This don’t make sense. I know it’s a f—king business, but I’ve been working hard for a long time.”
“In my mind, this is my personal opinion, this is disrespect for different fighters in the (middleweight) category. This is disrespect for everybody. This is bullsh-t. I don’t know what happened with Dana White.”
There you have it. Really, even the biggest GSP boosters have to understand why Silva and several other middleweight contenders are so upset with this move. Now the big question is, will the UFC get a bout between Silva and Romero signed? And for an interim belt? Even though Bisping just defended said belt in October?