Anderson Silva fined $50,000 for no-showing UFC 162 media day in Los Angeles

Ethan Miller

Why would UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva waste time having lunch with the mixed martial arts (MMA) media when he can fly home to Brazil for a barbecue with Chael Sonnen?

Looks like Nick Diaz isn't the only one blowing off the media.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva was expected to attend a media luncheon yesterday in Los Angeles, Calif., to help promote his upcoming 185-pound title defense against Chris Weidman, scheduled for UFC 162 on July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Instead, he packed his bags and flew back to Brazil.

That left UFC President Dana White high and dry, with no explanation to the various television and radio outlets -- among others -- who already booked time for "The Spider." As a result, the longtime pound-for-pound great will be fined $50,000.

White vents to USA Today:

"We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn't want to do it, so he's being fined $50,000. He doesn't like talking to the media, but it's part of his contractual obligation. Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not."

Buyer's remorse?

White reportedly just signed Silva to a new, 10-fight contract, effectively locking up the middleweight champ for the remainder of his career. However long that is, remains to be seen, but his performance over the Fourth of July Weekend could give fans a better indication of where he's headed.

As for now, he's simply headed home.

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