Anderson Silva reveals his only problem with Dana White: “He never fought MMA in his life”


Anderson Silva is free from the shackles of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and isn’t afraid to express it.

For 14 years, Silva was one of the most notable names on the UFC roster, working under promotion president Dana White. The two had always gotten along well and the respect is still there today…but “The Spider” has a specific problem with his former employer.

“It’s strange to me, because everyone signs and when inside they start talking, ‘You’re not paying me right,’ and this and that,” Silva said. MMA hour. “I never in my life talked about how much the UFC paid me because I fight a lot and that’s my problem with Dana – it’s not a problem, it’s a business, Anderson Silva is a company that comes inside the UFC and signs the contract, it’s two companies that do business together.

“My problem with Dana is [when he] talk about fights because Dana has never fought MMA in his life,” he continued. “That’s my problem, when he talks about ‘You can’t do that, you can’t do that, you don’t fight right.’ No, no, no, that’s my only problem with Dana I think Dana is a good person Everyone talks about Dana, ‘He’s not good, blah blah blah’ He’s a good person , but he’s a business man. The UFC doesn’t get to that point right now as a big, big business in the world if people think, ‘I did something, I’m sorry, fighters, I did something wrong.” No, the business grew on hustlers doing something and that’s the game. You’re in or you’re out. You can sign or you can’t You can’t sign, you can go anywhere, but when you sign, you’re doing business with my company. You can’t say anything because why did you sign? You signed. You have a contract. “Oh no , let me terminate the contract.” You signed the contract, you saw the rules of the contract, why are you talking about it now? And I’m so lucky because I’m not in the UFC anymore and I have my own journey right now. I don’t have to say, ‘Can I do this?’ I no longer need to ask permission from the UFC or Dana for absolutely anything.

When it comes to fighters’ attempts to explore other options while constrained by contractual agreements, Silva legend Georges St-Pierre is perhaps the most notable casualty of recent years. ‘Rush’ plans to come back in a super-serious way are behind him, but for a charity boxing match against Oscar De La Hoya, the UFC and White made sure that didn’t happen.

Since leaving the UFC in October 2020 after a fourth-round technical knockout loss to Uriah Hall (watch highlights), Silva has also kept mixed martial arts (MMA) in the rearview mirror (for now). On October 29, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona, Silva steps into the boxing ring for a match against YouTube sensation, Jake Paul.


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