The past few weeks of Anderson Silva’s life has been all about his dissatisfaction with the UFC, particularly with how fights are being made. His recent threats of retirement did not seem to move the UFC brass, that company president Dana White even called his bluff and urged him to hang it up if he wishes to.
The UFC’s recent matchmaking trend has not been well received by fighters. During his pre-fight media scrum on Wednesday, Jorge Masvidal was vocal about how the UFC is beginning to be more of a popularity contest, especially with granting title shots.
Masvidal feels Silva’s grievances speak a lot about their current situation. Which is why he is also calling for the company to at the very least grant “The Spider’s” requests.
“A guy like Anderson Silva is one the greatest champions we’ve had. If he’s not happy, that says a lot,” Masvidal said (via MMAJunkie). “Why not make that guy happy out of all people?”
“That guy made the company plenty of money. Make that guy happy,” he continued. “Whatever he’s asking for, just give it to him. It’s Anderson Silva.”
Silva, now 42 years of age, is in limbo in terms of his immediate fighting career. On Thursday, his removal from the UFC 212 card was made official, due to the UFC’s inability to find a replacement for would-be opponent Kelvin Gastelum.
Masvidal, on the other hand, will be facing Demian Maia this Saturday at UFC 211 in Dallas. The winner of the fight will likely be getting the next shot at Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title.
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