‘This Makes No Sense’- Anderson Silva Lashes Out at UFC for Blocking Georges St-Pierre

Published 05/28/2021, 12:02 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC legend and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva doesn’t seem to be amused by the latest action taken by the promotion. The UFC has blocked veteran and former champion Georges St-Pierre from his boxing matchup with Oscar De La Hoya.

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In a recent interview given, Silva lashed out at UFC for holding GSP. “I think it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “Especially because Georges did a lot for the sport, especially for UFC. Why you hold the guy? This makes no sense.

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“Georges is a fighter, you can’t hold a fighter It’s the same if you take the lion in the jungle and put him inside a cage. The lion is going to die. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that. This makes no sense. This is terrible, terrible–completely terrible.”

Silva believes fighters like him and GSP deserve more respect for what they have done for the promotion. “Georges worked hard to make a lot of things for UFC. It makes no sense, Dana White holding Georges St-Pierre.”

Silva further opines he’s done with UFC and doesn’t really want to talk about his former banner. “I have my personal opinion about Dana, and I’m not anymore in UFC. I don’t like to talk about UFC because everything I do inside UFC is done for me.”

Ironically, Silva is preparing for a boxing match of his own against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 19th.

He was released from the promotion after his loss to Uriah Hall in October last year, which allowed him to spread his wings into other ventures.

The same treatment, however, is not served to GSP, and he continues to be under the UFC despite being out of action since 2017 when he captured the title.

How Anderson Silva fared in his final few matches for UFC?

‘The Spider’ would be anything but proud of the matches he fought in the latter stages of his career. He won only once in his last 6 fights. He was on a 3 match skid ahead of his departure.

His last match against Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 181 ended in a 4th round TKO loss. Prior to that, he lost via TKO to Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 and prior to that against Israel Adesanya at UFC 234.

He last scored a win against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 back in 2017 via unanimous decision victory.

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While he didn’t have a proper send-off from UFC, he would hope to shrug aside his recent form in the ring with a win in his boxing debut. At 46, his tenure in combat sports is nearing an end and he would want to go out with some wins under his belt.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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