Joe Silva: All the inside information fighters have revealed about UFC matchmaker

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Former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is under fire from former UFC fighters. Silva worked for the UFC for almost 19-years and was responsible for matchmaking since 2001.

Joe Silva’s importance in the organisation can be understood by the fact that he was included in UFC Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Until his retirement in 2016, Silva had the record of being the longest employee of the UFC. Ultimately after the UFC was sold off by Fertitta brothers to WME-IMG group, Silva received a fat cheque from the organisation.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Opponents Magnus Cedenblad of Sweden and Scott Askham of England face off during the UFC weigh-in at the Ericsson Globe Arena on October 3, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Joe Silva is the greatest matchmaker in the history of any combat sport,” UFC president Dana White once said. “Period.”

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However, many fighters have a different story to tell about Joe Silva. Former UFC welterweight John Fitch called Joe Silva an “extra special a**hole”. This followed by former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez also sharing his unpleasant moments dealing with Joe Silva.

Here are all the prominent fighters that have called out Joe Silva:

Eddie Alvarez on Joe Silva

While the Me too movement on Joe Silva continues …I got an incredible Joe Silva story myself but my momma always told me that if “ I ain’t got nuttin good to say than , than don’t say nuttin at all “ 🤣🤣🤣,” Eddie Alvarez wrote on Twitter.

Ok ok …. so I am in the restaurant of a hotel a few weeks after the Anthony Petis fight eating by myself and next to me is Joe Silva with a group of buddies and I believe Sean Shelby they are having some drinks . I never interacted with Joe but I took the time to introduce ..,” Eddie concluded.


Next I ask who my next opponent could possibly be and half joking half serious ask for the champion if he’s available …. Joe took the opportunity to tell me with the way I am fighting I’ll never get a title shot as long as he’s around, they all laugh ….”

At this point I am completely embarrassed , I want to hurt him but I just joined this promotion and this guy pretty much makes the rules , The funny part was he was standing and I could of swore he was fully seated . So I took the high road and went to my room in a rage..” he said.

I get a call a few weeks later from Dana not Joe asking for the RDA fight …. I thought wow this one must of went over Joes Head , Joe 4 foot a lot of things Do . So I get the fight I wanted and Joe didn’t want . I KO RDA and win the world title in the 1st rnd. As I make my….” he said.

Out of the ring and in the back guess who is the first guy standing there … Yes Joe …. No congrats no good job just a bitter angry small little man . I said nothing, nothing needed to be communicated I just a wink . Success is how you destroy you’re enemies,” Eddie concluded.

Jon Fitch

Gray Maynard

I used to hear that speech.Then I gave him a “fight of the year”,only got a normal bonus and a pat on the back.Joe Silva called a couple days later and made sure I got the lowest pay he could give me for my next title fight 42k/42k. No PPV point/nothing. Definitely no residuals,” Grey Maynard said.

Mike Pierce

There are many. One time, as I was at the curtain about to make the walk, he reminded me why he signed me and why he hadn’t cut me yet. In other words, perform how I expect or you’re gone. One hell of a pep talk when you’re already under immense pressure. *fixed for spelling*,” Mike said.

Gerald Harris

Joe Silva told me…Since I lost on the Ultimate Fighter that I would never be good enough for the UFC. So once I got in he hated me, then couldn’t wait for me to lose. So he gave me four badass newcomers and once I lost he cut me after 3 previous KO victories.,” Gerald Harris said.

Brendan Schaub

Joe Silva was a savage, man. A f*cking savage. He was a guy who was on Sherdog forums, was a big fan, and then got this role as the matchmaker of the UFC, dealing with the toughest guys in the world. Joe Silva is 5-foot-1. He’s this kind of little Sherdog forum troll who got some power in the UFC. He had a lot of power, controlled a lot of guys’ destinies. Got drunk on ego. He was a motherf*cker, man,” Brendan said.

I would assume every fighter has a Joe Silva story. I remember when I fought Crop Cop, as I’m walking out, he goes, ‘You better not treat him like your f*cking friend. Got out there and knock him out.’ It’s like, ‘All right, thanks, dude. You’re 5-foot, though.’” he concluded.


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