Silva: I’m Off Of UFC 212, “I’m Done”
It appears that Anderson Silva’s troubles with the UFC concerning his spot on UFC 212 have resulted in him not fighting on the Brazil card.
Silva had been scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum, who was pulled from the event after testing positive in-competition for marijuana.
While the UFC searched for an opponent for the former middleweight champion, Silva went public with his displeasure regarding the state of the UFC’s 185 lb. division. Since the champion Michael Bisping is on the shelf waiting for a fight against Georges St. Pierre, Silva said he would only fight for an interim title, and threatened to retire if his wishes weren’t granted.
Now Silva has confirmed that he will not be fighting on UFC 212 after all.
“I really wanted to fight in Brazil, my country, but it’s not going to happen,” Silva said during an Instagram live stream, per MMAJunkie. “I want to apologize for this. I really wanted to fight here, but it didn’t happen. I think I was hurt in this, but that’s it.
“I’m very disappointed,” Silva said. “The guys don’t respect my legacy, don’t respect my story in the sport. I don’t know. I’m done.”
"The Spider" has had his conflicts with the UFC brass in the past, but this situation appears to be bordering on irreparable. If Silva does indeed intend to hang up the gloves, his great UFC career will have had a rather bitter ending.