Dana White baffled by Anderson Silva’s UFC criticism – ‘Where the hell did that come from?’

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Anderson Silva will forever be remembered as one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts (MMA) thanks to his unprecedented run with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which saw him lead the middleweight division with a hand of iron, racking up a record 10- title defenses, as well as numerous scoring finishes.

In November 2020, the UFC and Silva parted ways and “The Spider” has not competed in an MMA cage since ending his run with the promotion at 1-7-1. Recently, the 185-pound former champion blasted the UFC, saying he was the victim of unfair treatment towards the end of his career.

“When I was done in the UFC, everyone – especially Dana White – said, ‘Oh, Anderson can’t fight anymore. Person of the same age [group] with Anderson can fight, it’s terrible,” and blah, blah, blah. And talk a lot of shit about me,” Silva said. “And I feel disrespected because no matter what happened – the fight is the fight. You can win, you can lose.

“When you succeed [MMA]the only thing you need to do for your fighters is [give] respect,” he continued. “In this, I feel no respect. But I don’t care because when I stop fighting, I’ll stop fighting because I say I’m going to stop it. No one can say for me I [should] stop. No one can say for [anybody] you have to stop now. Nobody. I’ll stop when I say I’m done.

When brought up on the subject at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference, White was admittedly taken aback by Silva’s criticism, saying he had always been supportive of ‘The Spider’.

“Anderson Silva, what is Anderson Silva talking about?” White said (via MMA Fighting). “When have any of you ever heard me speak negatively, except for the fight in Abu Dhabi, about Anderson Silva? Never. I never said anything bad about Anderson Silva.

According to the outspoken UFC president, even when Silva was going through his crisis, he allowed him to finish his contract instead of cutting it outright. Plus, he said as he threw Silva’s name in the Jake Paul contest, he was still trying to promote it in a way.

“Not only that, we’ve let the guy fight through his contract, he’s lost seven of his last eight, or eight of his last nine fights, and always dealt with it – I don’t know of where the hell does that come from him that then i started trying to win is so he can’t make money afterwards. I said, ‘Jake Paul is looking to fight somebody, to fight Anderson Silva, this guy is out there, he’s available, he’s 47.’ It’s disconcerting to me.

White even said that one of Silva’s sons frequently texted him to attend events, to which White replied that he was always welcome whenever he wanted.

Nonetheless, Silva has an idea of ​​how his legendary tenure with the promotion ended, and he’s not shy about letting everyone know. As for his post-UFC fighting career, “Spider” defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a 10-round boxing match in June 2021 and then knocked out Tito Ortiz three months later.

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