Earlier this week, former UFC middleweight king and all-time legend Anderson Silva gave UFC an ultimatum. After having his scheduled bout with Kelvin Gastelum cancelled, the 42-year-old Brazilian fighter demanded an interim title shot opposite Yoel Romero at UFC 212 on June 3 or he was going to call it quits. It may have taken longer than usual, but UFC president Dana White responded to Silva’s comments during a recent interview with TMZ (shown above).
“Every time I’ve, for the last however many years, deal with Anderson, it’s always interesting,” said White. “[SIlva] wants an interim title, obviously we’re not going to do an interim title.
“He’s coming out publicly, and you know my philosophy on that. If you ever say the ‘R’ word, you should probably do it anyway, you know? If you’re ever considering retirement, you should probably do it.”
White reiterated that the promotion “will not do an interim fight” and that it most certainly “will not happen.” The decision may seem hasty, especially since Silva remains one of the most popular fighters in the sport, but White is sticking to his guns on this one.
“Bisping’s ready, willing and able to fight the actual No. 1 contender, who is Yoel Romero,” explained White. “Anderson Silva is ranked No. 7 right now. If he’s willing to take the Romero fight for June — because he was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum. You know, Anderson’s mad. I didn’t pull Kelvin Gastelum out. Kelvin Gastelum smoked weed, and now he got busted, and you know we’ve done everything we could to make another fight for Anderson.
“So it’s nothing we did.”
For now, “The Spider” may have to weave his way out of interim title talks and back into the New York market.
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