Dana White is perplexed by Anderson Silva’s recent comments about the UFC.
This past week, one-time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva blasted the UFC over the treatment he received from them at the end of his career, saying that the organization tries “to use you and then kick you out.” He also said that he felt specifically disrespected by UFC President Dana White who Silva claimed talked “a lot of s*** about me.” And White has absolutely no idea where any of this is coming from.
“Anderson Silva, what the f*** is Anderson Silva talking about?” White said at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference. “When have any of you ever heard me talk negative, except for the fight in Abu Dhabi, about Anderson Silva? Never. I’ve never talked bad about Anderson Silva. Not only that, we let the guy fight through his contract, he lost seven of his last eight, or eight of his last nine fight, and always treated him with — I don’t know where the hell this is coming from, from him that then I started trying to make is so he couldn’t make money after. I said, ‘Jake Paul is looking to fight somebody, fight Anderson Silva, that guy’s out there, he’s available, he’s 47 years old.’ It’s baffling to me.”
Silva’s issues appear to stem from the end of his UFC tenure where reportedly he felt as if the organization was pushing him to retire. Following his final fight with the UFC in 2020, a TKO loss to Uriah Hall, White even said that he regretted giving Silva that final fight and only did so because it was to be Silva’s last. Silva, of course, has not stopped competing but has transitioned successfully to the world of professional boxing. And while Silva may have taken those comments negatively, White maintains that the only time he ever spoke ill of “The Spider” was his fight against Demian Maia at UFC 112, which he lambasted as embarrassing at the time.
“Been a long time,” White said when asked the last time he spoke with Silva. “His son hits me up and wants to come to fights, absolutely. This is his house, if he ever wants — that came out of left field and makes absolutely no sense to me. Unless you guys have heard me say something that I don’t remember saying, the only time I ever said anything negative about Anderson Silva was in Abu Dhabi after that fight.”
Results. Charles Oliveira submitted Justin Gaethje in the first round, Carla Esparza crowned new champion at UFC 274.
Results. Kayla Harrison wins lopsided decision at PFL 3.
Results. Ryan Bader retains title with workmanlike decision at Bellator 280.
Boxing. Dmitry Bivol outworks Canelo Alvarez to score massive upset.
Hall of Fame. Daniel Cormier announced for 2022 UFC Hall of Fame.
It takes two. Rose Namajunas believes she should have won at UFC 274: ‘I don’t see how you become the champion like that’.
To not tango. Carla Esparza on snoozer Rose Namajunas rematch: ‘It’s hard to fight someone that doesn’t want to fight’.
Lightweight. Khabib Nurmagomedov tells Dana White ‘you have no other choice’ but to make Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira next.
UFC 274 Post Show.
UFC 274 Post-Fight Press Conference.
PFL 3 highlights.
UFC 275 trailer.
Daniel Cormier on his Hall of Fame induction.
Israel Adesanya reacting to UFC 274.
Alexander Volkanovki and Action Bronson.
On To The Next One. Matches to make following UFC 274.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
May 8, 2022
Conor McGregor sees a fight with Michael Chandler happening after #UFC274 pic.twitter.com/kPsRIj8kbM— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 8, 2022
I was the first to start football punt kicks to the face of standing opponents. This is my debut.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2022
I call it the “over the bar” kick. https://t.co/Ozg5K6LgPT
Ah Anderson’s was different his was karate. Mine was good owl fashion American football Irish rugby Tom Brady bread— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2022
Textbook karate. Mine was a football volley. Compare the snaps. Anderson kicks a football like that it’s not even clearing 20 yards. https://t.co/pAmjGTeABB— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2022
May 8, 2022
Gaethje is a jackass. The amount of absolute dribble he speaks as well. Over and over. A Grade A jackass! A bird brain with a bird brain manager. Two bum twats they are. He is. A Jackass. Stevo Ocrack head in recovery should see can Johnny give him a part.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2022
July 30th 170lbs— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) May 8, 2022
Kamzits and Conor are on the injured pussy list so I don’t know why they’re talkin shit when they broken— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) May 9, 2022
Just for the record I’d choke olivera— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) May 9, 2022
May 8, 2022
Whipped tha both ya's https://t.co/AyC595LL5p— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) May 8, 2022
Congratulations to @MikeChandlerMMA On his victory at UFC 274. Had lots of fun in there, you fans are Fuckin’ wild I love this shit! Feels good to be back & hungry again. We were just getting started. Best Of Luck In Your Next Fight- Champ # ForTheLoveOfTheGame -CSO- pic.twitter.com/cp6trgSPoX— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) May 9, 2022
If you don’t love @tonyfergusonxt you’re not an mma fan. Proud to compete against you champ. CSO! #ufc274 https://t.co/pEAvDtjnG2— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) May 9, 2022
Ok, just watched #UFC274 - congrats to Oliveira...but I will finish you within 2 rounds in a rematch. See you this fall/summer. Who wants to see this unfinished business rematch?— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) May 9, 2022
Hey @natediaz209 ...shut up and stop complaining. Keep your mouth shut. Keep your head down until your daddy books a fight for you to get your sacrificial dome bounced off the canvas again. Maybe it’ll be me...if you’re lucky. See you at the top!— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) May 9, 2022
Bitch you're not ashamed to open your mouth at all you refused a fight 10 times @NateDiaz209— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) May 9, 2022
Israel Adesanya (22-1) vs. Jared Cannonier (15-5); UFC 276, July 2.
Luke Rockhold (16-5) vs. Paulo Costa (13-2); UFC 277, July 30.
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