There’s a growing number of fighters recently that have publicly stated their dissatisfaction with the way the UFC has been treating them, but it seems that at least one of them, Anderson Silva, is looking to take back what he said.
“You know, definitely I need to say sorry for everything that happened with the UFC, because Dana White is Dana White,” Silva told TMZ when asked about his recent spat with the company.
Earlier this month Silva had told the UOL site in his native Brazil that he felt disrespected by the UFC head honchos after his last fight, which saw him step in on just a couple of days notice to fight light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.
“I haven’t even received a ‘thank you’ from Dana (White), or Lorenzo (Fertitta) after the last fight,” Silva told Brazilian news outlet UOL. “Of course, I was the one who wanted to fight, who took the bout, but I know my worth, my importance.”
It appears that Silva’s comments may also have been partially fueled by his fellow Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo also being at loggerheads with the promotion recently.
“I was very disappointed with the lack of respect that the UFC has been treating the Brazilian athletes with,” Silva said. “I’m an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don’t get, or have got, people’s due respect. This has made me very upset, sad, and disappointed with the UFC.”
However, refused to entertain the idea that he had mistreated Silva when he was asked about the fighters comments last week.
“There’s probably some guys that could come out and say they felt like they’ve been mistreated,” White said on the ‘Speak For Yourself’ show on FOX Sports 1 last week. “Anderson Silva is not one of them. That is a guy who has been far from mistreated. Far from mistreated. (He has) no case.”
The fact that Silva taken a step back and decided to apologize publicly will no doubt come as a relief to the UFC, who are already dealing with the likes of Jose Aldo, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Julianna Pena and Tatsuya Kawajiri who have all indicated that they’ve been considering leaving the promotion recently.