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Anderson Silva fined $50,000 for skipping UFC 162 media engagement

UFC-162-posterUFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva made headlines this week for uncharacteristic reasons after the pound-for-pound king skipped out on an event aimed at promoting his upcoming title-defense against Chris Weidman. As a result, Silva was fined $50,000 and received a minor tongue-lashing from organization head Dana White.

“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,” said White in an interview with MMAJunkie. “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.”

White did not elaborate on how Silva would be handled if he missed any future media obligations.

The 33-4 Silva is set to face Weidman on July 6 at UFC 162. He is a perfect 16-0 inside the Octagon, while Weidman is also unbeaten albeit in his nine-fight career rather than just under the UFC banner.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Make fights that sell themselvs. We dont need sonnen over hyping a fight. How would dana feel if silva said stuff like im gonna give em the worst beating in mma then does what he did in abu dabi and dance around.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I like this, they signed the contract, it’s in the contract that that’s part of your job, take some of their money for not doing their job. Plus doing it to Silva shows the rest of the roster that nobody is safe, if Dana has no qualms fining the guy he’s touting forever as the best P4P, then what will they do to some unknown fighter.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Maybe Silva was hoping he would get the Nick Diaz treatment for missing media duties. Have Uncle Dana yell at us and take us out of a title fight and give us a more winnable fight.

    Not saying he can’t beat Weidman, but he obviously doesn’t want to fight him. A solid wrestler with heavy hands and a solid chin. He is worried this might be like fighting Sonnen the first time, but Weidman has more power.

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