UFC president Dana White has come out in response to the comments made by 41-year-old former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who claimed that he wasn’t given a ‘thank you’ by White for stepping in to face light heavyweight Daniel Cormier as a replacement opponent at UFC 200 last July. The MMA fans liked seeing Silva fight at the event, but the results he got was less than desirable.
Silva came in and replaced Jon Jones, who was ineligible to take the fight. Silva ended up losing the match to Cormier by a 3 round unanimous decision. White says that Silva wasn’t mistreated at all.
White said this to FS1’s Speak for Yourself about Silva:
“Let me tell you what, there’s probably some guys that can come out and say they felt like they’ve been mistreated. Anderson Silva is not one of them. Okay? That is a guy who has been far from mistreated. Far from mistreated.”
Silva said he wasn’t given a thank you for stepping in to replace Jones. White didn’t comment on whether Silva was give kudos for stepping to take the fight.
For Silva, it was admirable that a great like himself was willing to take the fight on short notice, as he had gall bladder surgery just three months prior. For a fighter of Silva’s stature to be coming in as a replacement is pretty hard to believe. Silva is more accomplished than current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor in holding the UFC middleweight title for seven consecutive years. It’s highly doubtful McGregor will be still holding the featherweight belt in six years from now. McGregor is more of a fighter that is popular for what he says outside of the octagon for what he does inside it. It would be interesting to see if McGregor is ever used as a replacement opponent someday the way that Silva was. My guess is no.
Silva said to Brazilian outlet UOL:
“I didn’t even get a ‘thank you’ from Dana or Lorenzo after my last fight,” Silva said. “I was the one who wanted to fight, of course, I took the fight, but I know what I’m worth, my importance. I was really disappointed with the lack of respect from the UFC towards Brazilian athletes. I’m an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don’t get or ever got the respect from people. That made me really upset, sad and disappointed with the UFC.”
Silva hasn’t won a fight in four years, so it’s not altogether surprising that he’s now reduced to being used as a replacement opponent. I think the writing is on the wall that he needs to think about retiring from MMA. The results of Silva’s fights in the last four years show he doesn’t have it anymore.