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Anderson Silva ‘disappointed with lack of respect’ from UFC: ‘Everything I’ve done, no one else could do’

Former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva joins the recent list of disgruntled fighters on the UFC roster.

MMA: UFC 183-Silva vs Diaz Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, an irate José Aldo threatened to leave the UFC, after it was announced that featherweight champion Conor McGregor would instead face Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. The former 145-pound title holder says nothing would appease him at this point, not even a rematch with “The Notorious.”

The number of dissatisfied fighters in the UFC rosters is seemingly growing. More notably, they are big-named fighters who have had lengthy title reigns and sat atop the pound-for-pound rankings. Most recently, former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva was added to this list, when he voiced out his own issues about how he was treated, particularly after UFC 200.

"Man, it’s complicated to talk about it," Silva told Brazilian media outlet UOL (via MMA Fighting). “I didn’t even get a ‘thank you’ from Dana or Lorenzo after my last fight. I was the one who wanted to fight, of course, I took the fight, but I know what I’m worth, my importance.”

“I was really disappointed with the lack of respect from the UFC towards Brazilian athletes. I’m an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don’t get or ever got the respect from people. That made me really upset, sad and disappointed with the UFC."

Silva revealed that he was actually told to “be on standby”, should anything happen to either Michael Bisping or Dan Henderson. It has also made him cast doubts on top management, if they ever valued what he brought to the company over the years.

“It’s more absurd how that (offer) came. They didn’t even talk to me,” Silva claimed. “My representatives came as a messenger pigeon. I'm not the type of guy to get messages. After everything I’ve done, I still have to stand by and wait for a fight I won? I found it a little unpleasant.”

"I will say it again: I’m really disappointed with the way they have treated me, very upset with all that. I was not the one who said I was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Dana said that. Maybe he said that to promote the event or because he really thought that. We will never know the truth.”

“The fact is that everything I’ve done, no one else could do. I don’t want to be cocky or arrogant or think I’m the best, but what I’ve tried to do all those years was to show I was different from the others. And that’s not my opinion, but everyone’s."