A UFC legend, a Brazillian MMA pioneer, an all-time record title holder – has issued an ultimatum.
It hasn’t exactly been plain sailing for Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva as of late. A former Middleweight champion, tied with Mighty Mouse as the longest reigning champion in UFC History, fell from grace due to back-to-back TKO losses to Chris Weidman back in 2013/2014. He lost his middleweight title after ten straight title defenses.
Since then, Anderson has gone 1-2-1 and popped for a PED in the process.
None the less, he doesn’t appear to be finished in the sport. He has fought a number of elite fighters and hasn’t looked out of place. At the back of his mind is another run at the middleweight title and in the WME/IMG era of superfights and undeserving title challengers it might not be out of the realm of possibility.
But one thing Anderson has been known for throughout his career is his secrecy and tendency to be tight lipped. He has never been a trash talker or very open about anything outside of the Octagon.
That appeared to change dramatically on Monday when Ariel Helwani had Anderson as a guest on his show. In a huge surprise to most, Anderson went on a verbal tirade about the UFC’s operations. In particular, about the way they handled his most recent opponent drop out in Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212.
“I stayed here (Brazil) for a long time for training. This is not my fault for Gastelum to go out of the fight. This is not my problem. My problem is training hard for fight in Brazil for my fans. What happens to my fans now? What happens to the people who paid to see my fight in Brazil. This is the second time this happened. I’m tired of this.”
Anderson knows exactly what he wants as a replacement. That fight is against Yoel Romero for the Interim Middleweight Title. He’s so adamant about that fight, that he says he’ll retire unless he gets it.
“The guys no give this fight for me for the interim belt, I’m done. I’ll go be with my family. I’m done. I say, ‘OK, I go fight Yoel Romero. Because I know I respect Yoel Romero, he’s a great fighter. He’s No. 1 in the ranks. I’m sorry. I know I need to respect my fans — I respect my fans. I’m sorry guys. I love the sport. I love fighting. Fighting is my life. But it’s too much bullshit.”
Way to send a message to the UFC brass.
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