Anderson Silva Threatens To Retire If He Can’t Fight For Interim Title Against Yoel Romero (VIDEO)
by: Black Adam Schefter On Monday, May 1, 2017
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Anderson Silva delivered an ultimatum while speaking to Ariel Helwani . That ultimatum is that he wants to fight Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title at UFC 212 in Rio or he’ll retire from fighting.
“The guys no give this fight for me for the interim belt, I’m done,” Silva said. “I’ll go be with my family. I’m done.”
On June 3, Silva was scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212, but Gastelum failed a drug test for weed and was pulled from the bout last month.
“I say, ‘OK, I go fight Yoel Romero,’” Silva said. “Because I know I respect Yoel Romero, he’s a great fighter. He’s No. 1 in the ranks. But one thing — why Yoel Romero come to Brazil for fight me for nothing?”
Romero then called in to The MMA Hour while Silva was on the phone and agreed they should fight, but for the interim title.
“I fight only with Anderson for the interim belt,” Romero said. “If not for him, I wait for my time for the belt.”
Silva is furious at the UFC for not giving him a desirable fight at UFC 212 after Gastelum was pulled from the bout, as he’s spent money for training and doesn’t want to disappoint his fans who spent money to see him fight.
“I stayed here for a long time for training,” Silva said. “This is not my fault for Gastelum to go out of the fight. This is not my problem. My problem is training hard for fight in Brazil for my fans. What happens to my fans now? What happens to the people who paid to see my fight in Brazil. This is the second time this happened. I’m tired of this.”
Silva believes his spot in the UFC is solidified among the greats and he should get that respect from the company.
“This is perfect bullshit,” Silva said. “I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’m respectful long time. Everything, I never talk about bad situations in UFC. … I think I’m done. I fight for long time in my life. And I’m tired, bro. I’m so upset. I have my legacy, I have my story. It’s very frustrating, because this is the second time I’m not fighting in my country.”
“I’m far too old and I’m done, bro,” Silva said. “I’m sorry. I know I need to respect my fans — I respect my fans. I’m sorry guys. I love the sport. I love fighting. Fighting is my life. But it’s too much bullshit.”