On Monday UFC President Dana White announced that Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva would be missing a media event and the promotion had fined him $50,000. According to White, Silva got on a plane headed for Brazil in lieu of staying in town for a planned luncheon with members of press pool in Los Angeles. Silva spoke with a media outlet in Brazil, and he is saying he didn’t know anything about the event. With talks of long term contracts about, many are speculating the two parties might be playing hard ball.
Silva told Veja:
“I’ve never missed any commitment to the UFC. I would never have made the trip to Brazil if I knew I had to be in Los Angeles. Everyone knows that I always block my media schedule to devote myself to training, since that’s my main priority. I’m an athlete, and my focus will always be to train and be prepared for the challenges.”
Translation via Sherdog
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