It’s the sad state of MMA journalism today that Wanderlei Silva’s side of the story only came out on his own website. The UFC has spent the past two days performing what MMANews.com described as a ‘bury-job’, terminology normally applied to pro wrestling. But I don’t disagree with the assessment. Between Kevin Iole’s fluff peice and the companion piece off the UFC’s own website, the UFC is busy building up the appearance that Wanderlei Silva has ducked Chuck. Well, here’s what Silva had to say about that:
“I received a contract with two options, I could fight in September or November. I have chosen to make this fight in November. I was the first to want this fight, but they kept avoiding this fight. Now there’s a lot of people saying that I have ducked Chuck. This is not true.”
According to Silva, the timing for the fight to take place in September did not work for him. He explained, “I am in a moment of transition in my life. I’m going to move to the U.S. in a few weeks. I’m going to live in the U.S. and there’s a lot of things happening, and I’m not focused on training the way I want to be. I always fought at the time the promoters wanted. Sometimes I did things I should not have done, but this time I won’t do that anymore.”
This just blows my mind. What the hell is the UFC up to? Are they just trying to hype the match up and stir some fresh drama between these two guys? It’s not like they don’t have financial incentive to … I’m sure SpikeTV pays a pretty penny for those ‘Bad Blood’ specials.
The thing that pisses me off about this is how much it does come off like a pro wrestling angle. The UFC goes out and manufactures this drama, they distort the facts and they use the media to try and create a false story. All of a sudden I now have to second guess every single word that comes out of Dana White’s mouth because it might just be some bullshit to help his marketer’s sales pitch. Now I have no clue if the fight is really off for good, or it’s just more hyperbole. Fuck this shit.
This kind of crap honestly doesn’t belong in MMA and I really hope someone asks some very difficult questions to Dana White at the next press conference.