UFC Under Fire: Silva, Rockhold Join List of Disgruntled Fighters

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/12/17 11:54PM EDT
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Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold has joined the increasing number of fighters who criticized the UFC for its matchups. The Brazilian even anointed a sarcastic name for Dana White as he called the executive "the almighty one."

In an Instagram post, Silva said that White and should pencil in Yoel Romero against Michael Bisping instead of insisting on the British fighter facing off against George St-Pierre later this year. He said that Romero is the rightful contender so the UFC executive has no excuse.

The UFC received a major blowback when it announced that GSP will be fighting Bisping for the middleweight belt even after the Canadian's long layoff from the game. The announcement didn't sit well with some fighters, particularly contenders like Romero or Rockhold, who felt it turned the whole division upside down.

But Silva clarified that he has no personal beef with White, but his decision-making process already left a lot of fighters in the middleweight division out in the cold. "He sits there and only books fights and stays there, brother. The truth is that this is a big joke that is happening, and it has to stop," Silva said.

Another fighter who wasn't too pleased with the UFC because of its matchmaking is Rockhold, who is ranked no. three in the middleweight division next only to Romero. He said the Bisping and GSP fight has caused a lot of frustration among the fighters as the matchmaking has become more of a "freak show."

He said Bisping already held on the belt for too long as he waits for GSP to finish his training. "It's lacking motivation. There's nothing I want more than to get into a fight, but when you fight, there has got to be a goal," Rockhold said, adding that more than the money, "I fight to be the best, win titles, and get that championship belt. That's what it's all about."



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