A week after voicing his discontent with the lack of an opponent for Rio de Janeiro’s UFC 212, Anderson Silva likely won’t compete on June 3 after all.
On Sunday night, “The Spider” announced during a live stream on his Instagram page that he has decided to cancel his training camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and go back to Los Angeles, where his family lives.
“I really wanted to fight in Brazil, my country, but it won’t happen,” Silva said (via UOL).
Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Silva is no longer part of the UFC 212 lineup at this time.
Silva lost his original UFC 212 opponent when Kelvin Gastelum was removed from the card due to a failed drug test. Gastelum was issued a three-month suspension from the Brazilian sports court.
On a recent edition of The MMA Hour, “The Spider” said he was tired of UFC president Dana White’s broken promises, and threatened to retire if the promotion didn’t book an interim title bout with Yoel Romero for the event at the Jeunesse Arena.
“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.”
Days later, White shot down the possibility of booking the fight for an interim belt.
“Every time I’ve, for the last however many years, deal with Anderson, it’s always interesting,” White told TMZ. “[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.”
With “The Spider” likely off the card, UFC 212 now includes 12 official bouts.
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
Leonardo Santos vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Johnny Eduardo vs. Mathew Lopez
Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Eric Spicely
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead
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