Anderson Silva joined the recent chorus of fighters unhappy with the UFC last week when the former middleweight champion expressed disappointment with the way he has been treated by the organization since his short-notice fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. But when asked on Wednesday, UFC president Dana White swiftly dismissed Silva's complaints.
"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," White said Wednesday on FS1's Speak for Yourself. "Okay? That is a guy who has been far from mistreated. Far from mistreated."
Silva, 41, is widely considered to be one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in the UFC. The legendary Brazilian reigned over the UFC middleweight division for seven years, establishing the record for the most consecutive defenses of a UFC title (10) and becoming one of the biggest stars in the sport.
Silva recently told Brazilian outlet UOL that he felt like he didn't get the recognition he deserved from White and former executive Lorenzo Fertitta for helping to save UFC 200 on last-second notice in July after the company was forced to pull Jon Jones from the event for a failed USADA drug test.
"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.
"I will say it again: I'm really disappointed with the way they have treated me, very upset with all that," Silva added. "I was not the one who said I was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Dana said that. Maybe he said that to promote the event or because he really thought that. We will never know the truth. The fact is that everything I've done, no one else could do. I won't want to be cocky or arrogant or think I'm the best, but what I've tried to do all those years was to show I was different from the others. And that's not my opinion, but everyone's."
Silva accepted the fight against Cormier less than two days out from the event and only a few months after undergoing surgery to remove his gall bladder. He ultimately dropped a unanimous decision to Cormier, dropping his record over his last five fights to 0-4 with one no contest.
But regardless of the outcome of the bout, White scoffed at the idea that the UFC had mistreated Silva, reiterating on Wednesday that Silva had "no case" for his complaints.