UFC President Dana White expressed his thoughts on the Anderson Silva fight over this past week, and addressed some of the criticisms of the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
On Wednesday, White appeared on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning, and stated his disappointment in the way that Silva approached the fight over the weekend against Demian Maia. During the fight, Silva engaged Maia through the first two rounds to gain and edge, and spent the remaining three taunting, not engaging Maia.
“Well, you know, nobody’s supported him more than I have, calling him the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and he didn’t act like it the other night. Not only did he not act like the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, he didn’t like a champion and, UFC fighter. Taunting, not fighting, and then… from the third round on, running, and not actually engaging, it was a very embarrassing moment for me. I actually literally have never seen anything that bad, not even in boxing in all my years of boxing I’ve never seen anything as bad as what happened on Saturday night,” White said on the show.
After the fight, he went to Silva and had a 45-minute discussion over the weekend’s events.
“You know, we had a good talk for about 45 minutes after the fight and after the press conference and, you know… you never know. We’ll found out in his next fight if I got through to him or not. The thing that really, really upset me after the fight and then the press conference was where he said he felt like he didn’t owe anybody an apology.”
White made the announcement that Silva will face Chael Sonnen in his next fight, and that he better see a more engaged fighter if Silva has aspirations of continuing to compete in the UFC.
“When he’s (Silva) been in this position when these types of fights have happened, it’s been against real good jiu-jitsu guys, guys that want to get the fight to the ground. Well, Chael Sonnen’s going to want to take this fight to the ground, but he’s going to double leg him and bring him down. All I can say is I know his next opponent isn’t going to be a guy who’s going to lay back and let him do stuff like that,” White stated.
This past weekend’s fight drew a $50 pay-per-view charge from fans all over expecting to see two men give it their best shot to try and end the fight. In the main event, that is not what they got, and White knows that UFC is driven primarily by the rabid fans that support the growth of the sport.
“If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him. I don’t care if he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I don’t care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”
UFC 113 is the next event on the schedule will be seen on May 8th, with the light heavyweight championship on the line between Lyoto Machida against Mauricio Rua.
Online Sportsbooks favor Machida as a -205 favorite to defeat Rua. Rua has been set as a +165 underdog.