Anderson Silva Says Missed UFC 162 Media Obligations Was Due to Miscommunication

May 8, 2013
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Anderson Silva at UFC 126UFC officials recently fined middleweight champion Anderson Silva $50,000 for skipping some scheduled UFC 162 media obligations, but Silva says it was all a misunderstanding.

Silva was scheduled to meet with several media outlets – including newspapers, websites, and television and radio stations – on Tuesday. He instead passed on the meeting and instead flew home to Brazil.

“We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it,” UFC president Dana White told USA Today Sports. “So he’s being fined $50,000.”

Silva, however, gave a different take on the situation in comments he made to Brazilian magazine Veja on Tuesday.

Silva said that what happened was a miscommunication between he and the UFC, according to a report from MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports. He said he was made aware of the appointment only Monday, when he was going to Los Angeles International airport (LAX) to catch a flight to Brazil.

“I’ve never missed a single appointment with UFC,” said Silva. “I would never book a trip to Brazil if I knew I was supposed to be in Los Angeles.

“Everybody knows that I always lock in (media appearances so I can) devote myself to training, which is my priority. I’m an athlete and my focus will always be to train and be ready for the challenges.”

Anderson Silva is scheduled to defend his UFC middleweight championship against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 7 in Las Vegas. The media obligations were scheduled at a time to help promote ticket sales, which begin this week.

(The Veja magazine Anderson Silva segment was translated by Yahoo’s Fernando Arbex.)

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  • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

    Fineing 50000 dollars to the undefeated world champion for missing his first news media appearance ever? Somehow I think it sounds like a bad idea.

    Even as an mma fan I feel insulted.A fair reaction from Anderson Silva would be to retire.

    • Lucas Freire

      Somehow I think this is a marketing stunt,fining your champion brings much more attention to a fight against a newcomer than a small conference.

    • bajafox

      “A fair reaction from Anderson Silva would be to retire.”

      Quite possibly the dumbest thing ever posted on MMAWeekly

      • MuayThaiFood

        “Quite possibbly the dumbest thing posted on MMAWeekly.”
        While I don’t agree he should retire over it I can’t say this is the dumbest post ever on here. I can only say that I’ve heard dumber posts from you on many occasions, the last being on the first article reporting on Anderson missing his media duties.

        • bajafox

          You’re entitled to your opinions, as dumb as they may be.

          I’m ok with you not liking my comment on calling a bunch of Anderson fans hypocrites because they sided with him immediately after it was announced that he skipped a media event, even though those same supporters did the complete opposite for another fighter. I’m just calling a spade a spade.

          If you think that is stupid, then like I said, you’re entitled to your opinion.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Your opinion is your opinion, what was stupid was your argument for it and how you articulated it. You are a diehard Diaz fan. You support a guy that starts fights in hospital rooms, brawls in the ring AFTER fights, flips people off from inside the octagon (fans and fighters), popped twice for banned substances, whines about being broke, about GSP being rich, about not having good people to train with, not having people tell him about his media obligations etc, etc, etc…….
            That’s your guy, and you idolize him so it’s not surprising that you come off the way you do when you comment.

      • MMAreality

        I agree with MauyThaiFood. Not even close to the dumbest thing that I have seen you post. He is also right about your dying love for the Diaz bothers. Its not an opinion, it is a fact.

  • Spider

    Anderson still the best

  • pappy

    Anderson is trying to find a way out of this fight. He had to be pressured into this fight with his number one contender,cause he knows weidman gonna pop that cherry. He will come up with a preplanned injury next to bide time to try and figure way out of this beating.weidman will be champ soon

    • solo

      FOR YOU TO THINK THAT ANDERSON IS SCARED OF WEIDMAN OR WHATEVER, IS BEYOND STUPID!!!
      ONLY MORONS AND RETARDED IDIOTS LIKE YOU THINK THAT WAY!!!

      • p3ezy

        i think this site needs a “DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS” header in big, bold writing above all the comments sections.

      • pappy

        Andersons own actions prove he is very afraid of weidman. He verbally tried himself to try and get out of this fight and now that he has to face his number one contender he’s doing things he NEVER has done before. Weidman will be champ soon and the world will be a better place

  • MMAreality

    Anderson Silva said it. He never misses media events. I think that his excuse is legitimate.

  • ned sto

    Something here just doesn’t makes sense to me.

    I’m sure if Anderson called Dana and said, ” hey I just now got this media notification and I’m on my way to the airport, my flight leaves in 3 hrs”. Then Dana would have excused him without commenting that Silva ” …. just decided not to show and flew home to Brazil…so we are fining him 50k.”

    Secondly, since a flight to Brazil is far less than 50k and Anderson is independently wealthy he could easily afford to reschedule his flight. As to an emergency? Again no notification to or from Dana of any such emergency. As for Anderson going to see his son? Under what circumstances would Anderson only have a small window of opportunity to see him? I would expect he could see his son the next day just as easily. Brazil not being an obscure country, I suspect flights go there at least once a day.

    Considering Anderson’s reluctance to fight Weidman because he isn’t a big enough name, and Anderson’s statements saying he doesn’t want to Weidman to achieve fame piggy backing off of his own. I’d say this action of missing the media interview was less likely an innocent miscommunication and more likely an intentional snub to Weidman as being unworthy, and to Dana for forcing the fight.
    He can certainly afford it financially, he maintains his popularity where Weidman loses some exposure, and he can fall back on the excuse that its the first time he’s missed an event maintaining public opinion.

    I think Anderson either had no intention of making this media event, or blew it off last minute just because he didn’t want to go, and knew he could get away with it. I do not give Anderson the ‘benefit of the doubt’ here.
    Doesn’t look like Dana did either.