UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva has once again been called out, only this time it isn’t for a fight.
Vocal UFC President Dana White said during a conference call earlier this week for UFC 162- where Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) will defend his championship against challenger Chris Weidman- that he was not sure why the reigning pound-for-pound king “loves to f**k with the media.”
White’s comments stem from Silva claiming that he did not call Dana post-UFC 159 back in April to request a super-fight against Jon “Bones” Jones, who had just defeated Chael Sonnen in the night’s main event.
“I think everyone already knows that I didn’t call Dana,” Silva said on this week’s conference call. “I don’t even have his phone number personally.”
A fight between Silva and Jones, who next faces Alexander Gustafsson, has long been rumored and sought after, but has yet to come to fruition for one reason or another; the two champions’ supposed friendship being one of them. However, White asserted that Silva did in fact make a phone call to request the match-up.
“Ask [Anthony] Pettis if he called me that night [after UFC 156],” White began, referring to Pettis’ text message requesting a fight with UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. “Jones said he didn’t tell me he wanted to hurt Chael but he did. I think the guys don’t like that I tell the media everything. Roy Nelson and his wife don’t like it either.”
White’s references to his conversations with Jones and Nelson held true to his blunt demeanor and attitude. Whether you love or hate the way White conducts business, it is hard to imagine that he would so boldly paint some of his biggest draws as liars for no apparent reason.
Silva has also made other headlines recently in regards to his relationship with the media. In early May, he no-showed an event in Los Angeles to promote his bout with Weidman, prompting White to fine the champion $50,000 for refusing to fulfill part of his contractual obligations. Despite the hiccup, Silva denied any knowledge of an obligation to the UFC and said that he always blocks his media obligations to focus on training.
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