Chris Weidman promises to ground Anderson Silva following recent media tour cancellation

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Anderson Silva's next opponent isn't impressed with the champ's decision to blow off a recent media tour.

A day after "The Spider" was fined $50,000 by the UFC for canceling a UFC 162 media event in Los Angeles, Chris Weidman, his opponent on July 6, told MMAFighting.com, "I hope he has a good reason why he didn't go."

Weidman, who lives in New York and was en route to Las Vegas for his own media event, noted he just got back from another media tour in Los Angeles, not to mention stops in Montreal and Toronto to promote the fight.

"I just went out to Los Angeles for three days. I just wasted time during my camp."

Silva's camp wasn't available to comment on the situation.

"I haven't been in this sport as long as him," Weidman said, "but you watch these superstar basketball players like LeBron James, and after every game, win or lose, he answers questions from the media.

"There's always stuff that you don't want to do when you're an athlete, but you just have to do it."

Weidman, who is new to the limelight, questioned whether Silva's priorities were in tact before their middleweight title fight later this summer.

"I hope he's staying grounded," he said. "I hope his head isn't getting so big that he thinks he doesn't have to do things for the UFC, but who am I to judge?

"If his head is really getting too big, I'm definitely going to bring him down to earth on July 6."

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