UFC 162 is set to go down this summer, which features a middleweight championship fight between Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman. As usual for any event, fighters are required to participate in media events in hopes of spreading the word and hyping their upcoming fight. Apparently, Silva didn’t get the memo, as he failed to show up for a media luncheon for his upcoming bout against Weidman.
UFC and company wasn’t all too happy, and even fined Silva $50,000 for no-showing his media obligations. To Silva, this might not be substantial, but to a lot of people, this is a lot of cash. Silva is not the only fighter to ditch out on his media obligations. Maybe even more controversial was when Nick Diaz no showed his pre-fight press conference.
Dana White shared his thoughts with MMA Junkie about Silva:
“We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it, so he’s being fined $50,000. He doesn’t like talking to the media, but it’s part of his contractual obligation. Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not.”
Maybe this is Silva’s way of playing mind games on Weidman, who is relatively new to MMA. Or, maybe Silva has a legitimate reason for missing the luncheon. Either way, Silva is out $50,000 and is not helping his relations with White and the UFC. Is this a sign of things to come from the current middleweight champion? Stay tuned!