UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been fined $50,000 for skipping a media event promoting his upcoming bout at UFC 162. Silva was scheduled to meet with members of the Los Angeles media today but elected to return to his native Brazil rather than make the appearance.
White spoke with USAToday/MMAJunkie about the matter earlier today, stating “We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it, so he’s being fined $50,000.” The media session was serving as part of the build up to this July’s fight card.
UFC 162 is headlining a week-long media and fan event for the UFC’s annual Independence Day fight card in Las Vegas. Silva headlined last year’s event, UFC 148, which featured one of the larger media pushes in recent memory before the champ defeated Chael Sonnen in a rematch of their UFC 117 battle.
The UFC president was quick to point out that today’s no-show was not like Nick Diaz missing his pre-UFC 137 press conference, a move that cost him his original shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but the that it is still fineable by the promotion.
“Nick Diaz didn’t show up for the press conference,” White said. “This was just a smaller media day, but it’s still not acceptable, so we’re fining him $50,000.”
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