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.)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Anderson Silva Decries Detractors, ‘I’m Not a Cheater’

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

Having enough of the naysayers, Anderson Silva took to his Instragram account recently to declare, "I'm not a cheater." read news >>

WSOF announces trio of Russian signings, including unbeatens Vagabov and Bibulatov

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

WSOF has inked Russian imports Vagab Vagabov, Magomed Bibulatov and Magomed Magomedov, officials recently announced.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Video: Anderson Silva spars with Erick Silva

  • 8 days ago
  • 74 views

Anderson Silva recently uploaded a snippet of his sparring session with UFC welterweight contender, Erick Silva. Despite Anderson Silva's doubtful MMA future after testing positive for steroids at UF read news >>

Anderson Silva: Jon Jones Shouldn't Return, He 'Needs to Focus'

  • 11 days ago
  • 7 views

Carlos Condit recently told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had resumed training. “I'll be back.” Condit said those were Jones' exact words during a read news >>

Video: Why did Michael Chiesa turn down a fight with Ross Pearson? Let him explain

  • 18 days ago
  • 176 views

Recently, UFC officials asked “TUF 15 winner” Michael Chiesa if he’d be interested in a fight with “TUF 9? winner Ross Pearson at July’s UFC Fight Night 72 event in Scotland. Here’s why Chiesa said, read news >>

Daniel Cormier on Chael Sonnen's 'punk' comment: 'Remember the source'

  • 25 days ago
  • 436 views

Chael Sonnen recently made headlines for the first time in awhile when he chimed in on the UFC light heavyweight title situation. Speaking on his podcast, Sonnen said that anyone who would accept the read news >>

Brad Pickett returns to bantamweight, meets Thomas Almeida at UFC 189

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

Promising prospect Thomas Almeida recently told MMAjunkie he had been dreaming of a fight in Las Vegas. Today, he got his wish.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 187 results, recap, and link wrap up:

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

Missed this most recent UFC pay-per-view event? Or perhaps looking to revisit some of the top stories from "Johnson vs. Cormier?" We've got you covered. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) faced the read news >>

Three-year ban for steroids? Too long or too short? UFC fighters weigh in

  • 5 days ago
  • 47 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently made the MMA world take notice when it voted for three-year bans for fighters who fail drug tests due to steroids for the first time. Is this punishment read news >>

UFC 187 referees: John McCarthy, Herb Dean assigned championship duties

  • 15 days ago
  • 9 views

The referee and judging assignments were recently announced by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the upcoming UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza, which takes p read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: