UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was scheduled to meet with multiple media outlets on on Monday afternoon, but the champion decided against meeting with the newspapers, websites, television and radio stations that he was obligated to appear for so the UFC has handed down a punishment that we haven’t seen before.
The promotion has announced the fined Silva a whopping $50,000 for failing to appear.
“We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it,” UFC president Dana White told USA Today Sports. “So he’s being fined $50,000.”
Silva was supposed to be promoting his upcoming UFC 162 title fight against Chris Weidman. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday. The event will take place July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Silva camp declined to comment on the situation.
Nick Diaz was in a situation similar to Silva’s when he skipped a pre-fight press conference before his scheduled UFC 137 title shot against Georges St-Pierre and he was pulled from the bout. Silva didn’t suffer the same fate, but he will certainly be on thin ice moving forward.