The UFC has an extremely tough job, a herculean task of promoting the fighters and all the events that take it place across the globe throughout the year. However, sometimes the UFC’s job’s toughness is further increased when fighters are a bit reluctant to promote their own fights. The former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has revealed a stunning message from the UFC President before he fought the legendary Anderson Silva for the first time.
Weidman is currently on a two-fight losing streak and is struggling to get back to winning ways. He lost fought and lost to Dominick Reyes at UFC on ESPN 6 back in October via knockout due to punches in the very first round.
Weidman was recently in a conversation with fellow former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker on Grange TV. He revealed that he got a text message from Dana White. White complained that he was unhappy with Weidman’s lack of promoting the fight, and how the ticket sales for the PPV were running low. He then asked the All-American wrestler to get involved in some trash talk. Here’s what he had to say:
[Dana said] ‘You’re not promoting the f*cking fight. Ticket sales aren’t looking good, pay-per-view numbers aren’t looking good already.’ … So I hear this and I was in my house and I was like a ghost, I felt super white and anxious because I’m about to be someone I’m not used to being at all. I have to talk trash now. I’m like f*ck. I hated this feeling. ‘Why can’t I go out there and fight and win. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to beat this guy. Isn’t that enough?’ It wasn’t. I came up with a tweet, I don’t remember exactly what it was. Basically, a little bit of talking shit, how I’m going to beat Anderson Silva. I copy and paste it, I text Dana. I’m like ‘hey, just so you know, I put this out. Hopefully, that makes you happy. There’s more to come.’