Anderson Silva has landed himself in hot water with the UFC after ‘pulling a Nick Diaz’ and failing to show up for a media event in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming fight at UFC 162 on July 6th.
“We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it, so he’s being fined $50,000,” Dana White revealed to MMAjunkie.com.
The media gathering had been lined up to promote Silva’s upcoming fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 162 which will take place in Las Vegas, and over a dozen L.A based newspapers and website along with local TV and radio stations had been waiting to speak to the middleweight champion.
However, Silva, who’s generally been less than enthusiastic about the prospect of his upcoming fight with Weidman, decided to fly home to Brazil instead.
Hopefully this isn’t a sign that he’s not taking this fight seriously though as the well-rounded Weidman, who’s currently unbeaten in his nine-fight MMA career and notched up a KO win over Mark Munoz last time out, isn’t someone to be taken lightly.
“He doesn’t like talking to the media, but it’s part of his contractual obligation,” White said. “Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not.”