COMMENTARY | UFC president Dana White wasn't too pleased when Anderson Silva decided to skip a recent media session, quickly handing the middleweight champion a $50,000 fine.
The UFC's number one contender, Chris Weidman, wasn't happy about Silva's decision to miss the media event -- which was scheduled to promote their July 6 UFC 162 bout -- either, and he fired off on "The Spider" during a conversation with MMAFighting.com.
"I hope he has a good reason why he didn't go," Weidman (9-0-0, 3 KOs) stated. "I just went out to Los Angeles for three days. I just wasted time during my camp. I haven't been in this sport as long as him, but you watch these superstar basketball players like LeBron James, and after every game -- win or lose -- he answers questions from the media. … There's always stuff that you don't want to do when you're an athlete, but you just have to do it. I hope he's staying grounded. I hope his head isn't getting so big that he thinks he doesn't have to do things for the UFC, but who am I to judge? If his head is really getting too big, I'm definitely going to bring him down to earth on July 6."
While it's easy to understand Chris' frustration (he did get stood up after all), his comments about Silva (33-4-0, 20 KOs) are borderline comical. Silva has been a consummate professional over the years, the very reason large corporations like Burger King and Nike shell out big bucks to have him associated with their respective brands.
Silva has defended the UFC's middleweight title more times than Weidman has squared up inside a cage, so it's highly unlikely than he needs advice from the 28 year-old about staying level-headed and composed on the big stage. Weidman giving Anderson advice about how professional MMA fighters should carry themselves is like a lamb trying to teach a lion how to kill.
Weidman would be better off worrying less about where Silva is mentally, and more about his preparations for their UFC 162 title clash.
After all, he is going up against the sport's pound-for-pound king, and a single mistake inside the Octagon at UFC 162 will make him just another victim of The Spider.
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