Silva Threatens UFC Retirement
Anderson Silva, one of the UFC’s greatest and most beloved stars, is also the latest to lash out at the promotion for what he has perceived to be disrespect. After losing his fight for UFC 212 in Brazil, Silva is now threatening to retire if the UFC doesn’t meet his requests.
Appearing on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Silva discussed the current state of the middleweight division, where the champion Michael Bisping is tied up due to a fight with former welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre that has yet to be officially scheduled. Silva says that the tie-up atop the division calls for an interim title, and if he doesn’t get the opportunity he will step away from the sport.
“The guys no give this fight for me for the interim belt, I’m done,” Silva said. “I’ll go be with my family. I’m done.”
Silva had been set to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212, but Gastelum was pulled from the card for failing a drug test for marijuana. Now Silva wants an interim title fight against Yoel Romero, the division’s top contender who is seemingly waiting for a title shot.
“I say, ‘OK, I go fight Yoel Romero,’” Silva said. “Because I know I respect Yoel Romero, he’s a great fighter. He’s No. 1 in the ranks. But one thing — why Yoel Romero come to Brazil for fight me for nothing?”
UFC President Dana White has called Anderson Silva hard to deal with in the past, but it is clear now that Silva’s frustration is deep-rooted and is not going to be going away anytime soon. The 42-year-old Brazilian fighter wants, more than anything, to put on one more show in front of his home country.
“I stayed here for a long time for training,” Silva said. “This is not my fault for Gastelum to go out of the fight. This is not my problem. My problem is training hard for fight in Brazil for my fans. What happens to my fans now? What happens to the people who paid to see my fight in Brazil. This is the second time this happened. I’m tired of this.
“This is perfect bullshit,” Silva said. “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.”