Anderson Silva is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and one of the most decorated fighters in MMA history, but he has joined a seemingly never-ending list of fighters in speaking out against the UFC.
Silva made the following comments to the Brazilian media outlet UOL:
"I didn't even get a ‘thank you' from Dana or Lorenzo after my last fight," Silva said. "I was the one who wanted to fight, of course, I took the fight, but I know what I'm worth, my importance. I was really disappointed with the lack of respect from the UFC towards Brazilian athletes. I'm an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don't get or ever got the respect from people. That made me really upset, sad and disappointed with the UFC. I will say it again: I'm really disappointed with the way they have treated me, very upset with all that," Silva added. "I was not the one who said I was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Dana said that. Maybe he said that to promote the event or because he really thought that. We will never know the truth. The fact is that everything I've done, no one else could do. I won't want to be cocky or arrogant or think I'm the best, but what I've tried to do all those years was to show I was different from the others. And that's not my opinion, but everyone's."
UFC President Dana White appeared on the Fox Sports 1 debate show “Speak For Yourself” and he addressed the comments made by the former middleweight champion.
"Let me tell you what, there's probably some guys that can come out and say they felt like they've been mistreated. Anderson Silva is not one of them, Okay? That is a guy who has been far from mistreated. Far from mistreated,” White said.
Anderson Silva joins Julianna Pena and Jose Aldo in criticizing the company of late over their treatment.