UFC Fines Anderson Silva $50,000 for Media Event No-Show in Los Angeles

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IMay 6, 2013

Apparently, Nick Diaz isn't the only UFC superstar who feels like he can skip out on promotional events.

USA Today (via MMA Junkie) reports that Anderson Silva is being fined $50,000 for missing a scheduled media appearance in Los Angeles, where the pound-for-pound MMA titan was expected for a round of UFC 162 interviews.

As UFC president Dana White told the press, Silva "just decided" to skip out.

That leaves several news and sports outlets in the Los Angeles area without access to the UFC's middleweight champion, whose presence was set to coincide with upcoming ticket on-sale dates later in the week:

"We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn't want to do it, so he's being fined $50,000," UFC President Dana White told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com.

"He doesn't like talking to the media, but it's part of his contractual obligation," White said. "Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not."

Such behavior appears unusual for Silva, who is generally known to be a good attendant for most UFC media functions and fighter events.

To boot, the $50,000 fine is a substantial amount of Silva's usual disclosed purse money.

Last July, the champion made $200,000 for his UFC 148 title defense against Chael Sonnen, which represented a solid win-or-lose paycheck.

However, Silva is widely assumed to make far more money than what's on the record books, thanks to a combination of discretionary money, PPV percentages and lucrative sponsorship cash from backers like Nike and Burger King.

Media appearances aside, Silva isn't expected to miss the actual UFC 162 event.

That fight takes place in Las Vegas on July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where Silva will look to extend his all-time records for successful UFC title defenses (10) and consecutive Octagon victories (16) against undefeated top contender Chris Weidman.


McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. His work has appeared in NVisionPC World, Macworld, GamePro, 1UP, MMA Mania and The L.A. Times.