Former UFC middleweight king Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva will not fight at UFC 212 in his home country. This news comes after his fight with Kevin Gastelum was cancelled.
After news broke of the fight being scrapped, Silva made it clear he still wished to fight on the card. The search for a new opponent has proven unsuccessful, however.
In recent times Silva had begun campaigning for an interim title bout with the number 1 ranked Yoel Romero. The catch, however, was that the fight would be for an interim title.
Romero, who has been of the belief that he is deserving of a title shot for quite some time now, was eager for this to happen. The UFC, however, were not quite so keen.
With Silva now ranked number 7 and clearly past his prime, Dana White made it clear that he did not see it a necessity to award The Spider a title shot. This led to the Brazilian threatening retirement. The company were willing, however, to call his bluff.
According to MMA Junkie, the once pound-for-pound number 1 has responded by cancelling his camp for the card.
“I really wanted to fight in Brazil, my country, but it’s not going to happen, I want to apologise for this. I really wanted to fight here, but it didn’t happen. I think I was hurt in this, but that’s it.”
This will come as a disappointment to fans of Silva who would have loved to see one of their own fight on home soil. It wasn’t to be though, and what lies in store for Silva next remains to be seen.
It is clear that the man who many consider arguably the greatest of all time is very upset by these proceedings, and he feels let down by the company he once ruled.
“I’m very disappointed, the guys don’t respect my legacy, don’t respect my story in the sport. I don’t know. I’m done.”
Many fans had hoped with the return of GSP this year that a super fight between Silva and Georges St-Pierre might take place.
With doubts over the Brazilian’s future as of now, this looks a lot more unlikely.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena