If Anderson Silva is serious about his ultimatum to the UFC, we may have seen the last of the longtime middleweight champion.
On Monday, Silva went on The MMA Hour and declared that he would “retire” if the UFC didn’t book him against Yoel Romero at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro.
Now UFC president Dana White has answered the demand. And the answer is, “no.”
White told TMZ that the UFC would not be giving the 42-year old Silva an interim title shot.
“Every time I’ve, for the last however many years, deal with Anderson, it’s always interesting,” he said when asked about it. “[SIlva] wants an interim title, obviously we’re not going to do an interim title.
“He’s coming out publicly, and you know my philosophy on that. If you ever say the ‘R’ word, you should probably do it anyway, you know? If you’re ever considering retirement, you should probably do it.”
Point blank, White shot down Silva’s demand.
“We will not do an interim title,” he said. “It will not happen.”
One of the reasons White gave for not playing ball with Silva — who from 2006-2013 went undefeated in the UFC, 16-0, with 10 title defenses — was that his middleweight current champion, Michael Bisping, isn’t shelved with injury.
“Bisping’s ready, willing and able to fight the actual No. 1 contender, who is Yoel Romero,” he said. “Anderson Silva is ranked No. 7 right now. If he’s willing to take the Romero fight for June — because he was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum. You know, Anderson’s mad. I didn’t pull Kelvin Gastelum out. Kelvin Gastelum smoked weed, and now he got busted, and you know we’ve done everything we could to make another fight for Anderson.
“So it’s nothing we did.”