Wanderlei Silva's crusade against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just took a turn to Real Town.
According to "Axe Murderer," UFC 189's interim Featherweight title fight earlier this month between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes (video replay here) isn't the only fight that was "allegedly" fixed. Posting via his Facebook page, Silva declared that he can prove the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has fixed fights in the past.
Silva made the seemingly outrageous claim after his former cutman, Jacob "Stitch" Duran, was fired by UFC shortly after speaking out against the Reebok deal (details).
Business as usual, says Silva, who wonders why he hasn't been outright cut free from the promotion -- which has denied claims it mettles in fight outcomes in the past -- since he's been speaking out against it any chance he can.
His bold claims (transcription and translation via MMA Junkie):
"They fired him. That's right. They fired ‘Stitch' for standing against this theft being perpetrated on the athletes. So I wonder, ‘why don't they fire me?' I already said I do not want to, nor will I work any more for to this promotion. And they won't dismiss me. That's what happens to those who speak the truth in this company; they're driven out. They have no respect for anyone. I've made it very clear to you all that I will never again fight for this promotion, the U.F. Circus. Fixed fights - and I can prove it! I haven't yet dropped the bomb. I haven't said everything I know!"
He continued his verbal assault:
"Either you do what they tell you, or you're fired. I won't give up until they free the athletes. This promoter is killing our sport. There are fighters going back to work to support their families because they can't live from the sport alone. They're very poorly paid. We are getting organized and soon I'll have news for my brothers in the ring. This will not stand! Some have tried to buy me, but I am not, nor have I ever been for sale. And I will fight to the end, to unmask these promoters, who are deceiving the public, cheating, and taking the dignity and the honor from our sport! This is turning a pro-wrestling show with fixed fights. We have to stop these guys because that's the end of the line for us!"
As if speaking out against his former employer and vowing to rescue current fighters on the roster who are getting screwed by the Reebok deal, while comparing his old contract to slavery and mocking the new "Fight Kit" uniforms wasn't reason enough to realize Silva loathes UFC, then his latest unfounded allegation may make you a believer.
Until the bitter Brazilian reveals his secrets, however, it's just another matter of sour grapes. That's because UFC stands to lose everything it has spent years and millions to build, making Silva's claims, for now, rather unbelievable.