Anderson Silva issues statement on $50k fine, claims he didn't know he was booked for UFC 162 media tour in Los Angeles

Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Malicious intent? Not according to UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, who insists he had no idea he was booked to do UFC 162 media until he was already up, up and awayyyyyyyy back to Brazil. How about a rain check?

Top title contender Chris Weidman was hoping Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva had a good reason for missing his UFC 162 media obligations earlier this week in Los Angeles.

Does ignorance count?

"The Spider," who says he has a spotless record when it comes to doing pre-fight media, tells Brazil's Veja (via Sherdog.com) that he simply didn't know the promotion had previously booked him for a media luncheon until it was already too late.

"I've never missed any commitment to the UFC. I would never have made the trip to Brazil if I knew I had to be in Los Angeles. Everyone knows that I always block my media schedule to devote myself to training, since that's my main priority. I'm an athlete, and my focus will always be to train and be prepared for the challenges."

Silva was fined $50,000 by UFC President Dana White for his media no-show, which prompted this warning from Weidman. The Brazilian will defend his 185-pound strap against the "All American" in the main event of UFC 162. which is set to go down on July 6, 2013 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ironically, Silva's no-show probably did as much to hype the fight than any press he could have done in "The City of Angels."

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