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Anderson Silva Gives UFC Ultimatum to Sign Interim Title Fight With Yoel Romero

Kelsey Mowatt


Anderson Silva has repeatedly said he plans to fight out his current UFC contract, but the legendary fighter has taken a stance, which could change all that.

Silva is currently looking for someone to fight at UFC 212 on June 3rd, after Kelvin Gastelum was removed due to a potential flag for marijuana. Yoel Romero, not long ago, said he wanted to fight Silva for an interim, middleweight belt, but we haven’t heard much about that match-up since.

Well, on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Silva relayed that he wants to fight Romero at UFC 212. Not only that, Silva also said this (quote via MMA 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.”

Now, if you’re wondering where this is all coming from, it sounds like it has a lot to do with the fact Georges St-Pierre is fighting Michael Bisping next. During the interview, Silva claimed that the UFC brass told him that if GSP came back, a long discussed super fight with the star would be tabled. As you know, however, GSP is set to face Bisping for the 185 title next. So, considering Silva has campaigned for a rematch with Bisping, it’s not too surprising that match-up doesn’t sit very well with “The Spider”.

After mentioning Bisping – GSP, Silva added this:

“This is perfect bullsh-t. 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.”

Wow. Considering June 3rd is a month away, the window on booking Romero for that card is closing fast. You also have to wonder if Romero and Silva’s insistence that an interim belt get inserted into the equation, is holding things up. After all, Bisping did just defend the title in October,


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