Anderson Silva has been one of the UFC's more temperamental stars at the negotiation table, but when a fight is set, the champion does his job.
That's why an unusual hiccup involving a missed press tour in Los Angeles raised plenty of eyebrows in the MMA world on Monday, prompting Dana White to announce that Silva would be fined a cool $50,000 for skipping out.
Now, contender Chris Weidman is apparently worried that his title shot at UFC 162 may not even happen.
During an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Weidman expressed his frustration at Silva's alleged antics, noting his concerns about "The Spider" and his commitment to their fight:
"I just want to make sure we both get in the fricken' cage July 6," [Weidman] said. "I'm still worried about that." The incident made the contender wonder whether there were other surprises in store – an injury, for instance, which not only would dash his dreams but give the UFC a conniption.
"I don't want him to hear this interview and be like, 'Oh, that's a good idea,'" joked Weidman. "So don't use this, Anderson."
Despite Silva's uncharacteristic communication snafu, the champion hasn't pulled out of a billed UFC bout due to injury in nearly seven years with the promotion.
In fact, Silva went into his UFC 117 bout with Chael Sonnen sporting a set of cracked ribs, according to manager Ed Soares (via Fight Hype).
That move almost led to his only defeat in the UFC, as Sonnen dragged the champion through a thrilling five-round fight—one that Silva barely won with a Hail Mary triangle choke less than two minutes away from what would have been a clear decision loss.
Moreover, Silva has also stepped in to rescue a sinking fight card before, covering for UFC 153 when the main event fell apart due to other fighters suffering last-minute injuries of their own.
UFC 153, originally scheduled for a headliner with Vitor Belfort and Alan Belcher, lost its main event when Belcher fractured his spine and Belfort was moved to UFC 152 in the wake of the cancelled UFC 151 event—a massive domino effect that started with former No. 1 contender Dan Henderson injuring his knee just days out from the weigh-in, ending on a drop-out by Jon Jones.
For his part, Silva heroically saved the Brazilian card when he agreed to move up in weight and face light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar on a month's notice. He stopped Bonnar in a near-effortless first-round TKO victory.
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