Anderson Silva: 'I'm Done' If Interim Title Bout with Yoel Romero Doesn't HappenMay 1, 2017
Anderson Silva appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday. To say he was a little perturbed with the UFC would be an understatement.
The former longtime middleweight champion went off on his employer. Silva exclaimed that he no longer believes what UFC President Dana White says because "nothing happens." Silva said that he was promised a long-talked-about superfight with Georges St-Pierre upon his return, but that fight has been given to current middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Silva, without an opponent for UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro on June 3, called for an interim title fight with Yoel Romero, the No. 1 middleweight contender. And said if he does not get the fight he is "done" with the sport.
Helwani then brought on Romero himself.
Romero echoed Silva. He, too, wants the interim title fight at UFC 212 but does not feel it's a worthwhile contest without gold on the line.
The middleweight division is on hold with the proposed Bisping vs. GSP fight not having a date. Contenders such as Romero are in limbo. An interim title may not be the perfect solution, but it does keep the contenders moving forward.
The UFC may need to act quickly with two high-profile disgruntled middleweight contenders taking to the airwaves to air their grievances.