Anderson Silva Scolds UFC Over Blocking GSP From Fighting Oscar De La Hoya
Anderson Silva isn’t happy with how the UFC handled Georges St-Pierre’s attempt to box Oscar De La Hoya.
De La Hoya has been prepping for a comeback fight. The former world champion had been looking to make his return on July 3 but that ended up being pushed back to September. He still doesn’t have an opponent lined up.
As it turns out, Triller claimed the UFC blocked St-Pierre from being De La Hoya’s opponent. St-Pierre later confirmed the claim during an interview with Cinema Blend.
Speaking to MMAJunkie during a media event, Silva criticized the UFC for not allowing St-Pierre, who has been retired from MMA since 2019, to box De La Hoya.
“I think it doesn’t make sense, especially because Georges did a lot for the sport, especially for UFC. Why you hold the guy? This makes no sense.
“Georges is a fighter. You can’t hold a fighter. It’s the same if you take the lion in the jungle and put him inside a cage. The lion is going to die. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that. This makes no sense. This is terrible, terrible – completely terrible.”
Silva went on to say that while he doesn’t like to talk about the UFC, he simply couldn’t hold his tongue.
“First of all, I think when you do your job, especially fight in the level me and Georges do it, you need to respect. Georges worked hard to make a lot of things for UFC. It makes no sense, Dana White holding Georges St-Pierre. I have my personal opinion about Dana, and I’m not anymore in UFC. I don’t like to talk about UFC because everything I do inside UFC is done for me. I do my best, I put in my heart in the company, but now it’s a page in my life that’s done.”