UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva missed a scheduled media tour in Los Angeles on Monday and was fined $50,000 from the UFC as a result. While UFC president Dana White was unhappy with his champion, Silva’s next opponent also had some harsh words. UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman viewed Silva’s decision to blow off the media as a sign of disrespect.
Weidman has made stops in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles and Las Vegas for promotional tours and he is not happy with the missed time from his training camp while the champion is making his own decisions on the media tour.
“I just went out to Los Angeles for three days. I just wasted time during my camp. I haven’t been in this sport as long as him,” Weidman said, via MMAFighting.com, “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.”
Well, sometimes athletes do blow off the media after a game or devastating loss, but Weidman’s point is Silva should be there as one of the main faces on the UFC 162 poster. Silva is a major star in the organization and he is obligated to get out and promote his fights.
If Silva simply skipped the appearance because he feels he is too good for the media and he’s not taking the fight against Weidman seriously, the New York native has a fair warning.
“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.”
Bad blood is brewing for this fight and the champion has no one to blame but himself.
Perhaps skipping the media appearance added more intrigue to the event than attending the media tour would have done, so it could have been a stroke of genius.