Anderson Silva Criticizes UFC For Blocking GSP vs. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing Match

After being released from his UFC contract last year, Anderson Silva is now preparing to fight boxing star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the ring on 19th June, but meanwhile he’s publicly criticized his former employer for blocking Georges St-Pierre from accepting an offer to box Oscar De La Hoya.

“Georges is a fighter,” Silva told mmajunkie. “You can’t hold a fighter. It’s the same if you take the lion in the jungle and put him inside a cage. The lion is going to die. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that. This makes no sense. This is terrible, terrible – completely terrible.”

During the interview it also seemed that Silva was hinting that he has issues with Dana White, who did stop him from taking a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr at the height of his fame in the UFC.

“First of all, I think when you do your job, especially fight in the level me and Georges do it, you need to respect,” Silva said.

“Georges worked hard to make a lot of things for UFC. It makes no sense, Dana White holding Georges St-Pierre.

“I have my personal opinion about Dana, and I’m not anymore in UFC. I don’t like to talk about UFC because everything I do inside UFC is done for me. I do my best, I put in my heart in the company, but now it’s a page in my life that’s done.”

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