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Former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva explains how locker room bonuses worked

Natasha Hooper - October 22, 2019

Former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was recently called upon during the UFC antitrust lawsuit in Richmond, Virginia. He testified regarding his negotiating and contract practices during his time at Zuffa LLC (the company that formerly owned the UFC). During the certification hearing, Silva gave the court a rare insight into the revenue splits, salaries and locker room bonuses during the Zuffa-era.

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UFC lightweight threatens to slap former matchmaker Joe Silva

Tom Taylor - November 28, 2017

On the latest edition of the MMA Hour, former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione claimed that former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva lied to him about the size of the Octagon ahead of his 2012 bout with Roy Nelson, claiming the large cage would be used, when the small cage was used instead. “Anyone who’s ever [seen] me fight or [listened to] my interviews, knows how much I despise that small cage, and Joe Silva lied to me and told me it’s the big cage so I would take the fight,” Mitrione said (h/t BloodyElbow). “The reason why I don’t like it is because it eliminates all my mobility, it eliminates my evasive action and my offensive footwork.”

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UFC replaces Joe Silva with Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard as matchmaker

bjpenndotcom - October 25, 2016

The UFC has officially replaced former long-time matchmaker Joe Silva after promoting Sean Shelby to oversee matchmaking for several weight divisions. Shelby will be sharing matchmaking duties with former Legacy FC owner and president Mick Maynard.

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Mehdi Baghdad Claims UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva Told Him to Fight Injured, or Get Fired

Tom Taylor - October 23, 2016

Earlier this year, it was announced that long-time UFC matchmaker Joe Silva would be parting ways with the organization in December. Given the near endless list of incredible fights Silva has constructed for the fans over the years, this news was met with widespread disappointment. Not everyone, however, will miss the long-time matchmaker.