In the early hours of today, Tuesday, news began popping on the internet stating that Anderson Silva missed a press event organized by the UFC in Los Angeles to publicize his UFC 162 fight against Chris Weidman. USA Today quoted UFC President Dana White stating that the champion would be fined $50,000 for missing the presser.
The fighter landed today in Brazil, and Veja.com spoke with the fighter. Silva explained that there was a miscommunication, and that he was only informed by the UFC on Monday as he was leaving for the airport.
“I never missed any commitment to the UFC,” Silva told the Brazilian site. “Everyone knows that I always lock my media schedule to devote myself to training. That is my priority. I am an athlete and my focus will always be to train and be prepared for the challenges.”
Unsurprisingly, the champion does not like to give interviews in the training period before his fights.
UFC 162 takes place on July 6 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.