Ali Abdelaziz admits he and Joe Silva don’t trade Christmas playing cards, however the Dominance MMA head isn’t proud of folks at the moment bashing the previous UFC matchmaker.
“I see a variety of issues about Joe Silva, and it’s not true,” Abdelaziz instructed MMA Junkie. “Joe Silva, sure, he was too trustworthy for a few of these cowards, and I feel it’s very cowardly when a person is not even with the corporate and other people come out and speak (expletive) about him.
“The factor is, in case you have an issue with Joe Silva, that’s tremendous. Why didn’t you go public when he was there? Why didn’t you do it? Sean Shelby, too. I speak (expletive) to Sean Shelby on a regular basis. I say it in his face, and he talks (expletive) to me, too. I’m man sufficient to go to him.”
Silva spent almost 20 years with the UFC, becoming a member of the promotion effectively earlier than the Fertitta brothers launched the Zuffa-era with a 2001 buy of the group from SEG. Silva then retired from his place after gathering a hefty payout from the UFC’s 2016 sale to present house owners Endeavor.
In latest days, a number of fighters have begun to talk out about their previous experiences with Silva, launching a #JoeSilvaStories hashtag on Twitter.
For his half, Abdelaziz admits Silva’s blunt evaluations of expertise had been typically on show however mentioned that was merely a part of his character.
“Joe Silva, for my part, is without doubt one of the pioneers of the game – a (expletive) legend, however he was slightly nutty,” Abdelaziz mentioned with amusing. “For a man that’s 5-foot-Four to stroll as much as Fabricio Werdum when he was the heavyweight champion of the world and go inform him, straight up, he didn’t like a few of his fights? I used to be proper there. Rafael Cordeiro was proper there, and Joe was speaking (expletive) to Werdum in entrance of his face. He was in a position to go to folks’s face and speak (expletive) to them, and Fabricio laughed at him. He didn’t take it to coronary heart.”
Werdum wasn’t the one one in all Abdelaziz’s purchasers to obtain such remedy, both. How concerning the time Silva determined Khabib Nurmagomedov ought to have completed an opponent quicker than he really did?
“So far as I do know, Joe Silva by no means lied to me, by no means did something improper for me,” Abdelaziz. “Possibly typically he instructed me my fighter was not good. ‘He sucks. The battle was boring.’ I’ll inform you an instance: Khabib fought Darrell Horcher in Orlando, when Khabib was coming from a layoff. Khabib completed the battle, however he ran after Khabib – and Sean Shelby grabbed him – however he mentioned, ‘Hey, it took you two rounds to complete this man?’
“For me, it’s superior. Khabib turned a world champion. I respect that. Joe speaks his thoughts. He’s not going behind closed doorways, speaking with Dana White about how we’re going to chop this man.”
After all, a lot of the general public dialogue relating to Silva’s prickly disposition was launched as a part of a much bigger dialogue about fighter pay. Former UFC light-weight title challenger Grey Maynard revealed he was paid simply $42,000 to indicate (with the prospect of constructing one other $42,000 to win) for his October 2011 rematch with Frankie Edgar.
Abdelaziz agrees that sum isn’t acceptable however places the blame on Maynard’s illustration (or lack of it, as he additionally revealed through social media).
“On the time, he’s preventing for a world title, I agree with you, $42Ok/$42Ok will not be a great deal,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “However on the finish of the day, it’s Joe’s job to get a fighter for the least amount of cash. Whoever Grey’s supervisor on the time was (expletive) sucked. He shouldn’t be managed by him. Grey Maynard is a legend, but additionally, too, I don’t suppose it was Joe’s fault. It was whoever managed Grey’s fault – whoever guided Grey. Grey is without doubt one of the most enjoyable fighters we’ve seen. I really like Grey, and he’s one in all my buddies, however I additionally see a variety of guys speaking (expletive). The issue is, why didn’t you speak (expletive) to him when he was nonetheless there? That’s the query.
“It simply pisses me off as a result of they’re making an attempt to smear – he was an trustworthy man. He was brutally trustworthy. Typically too (expletive) trustworthy, however a few of these (expletive), they shouldn’t be speaking (expletive) as a result of he was proper there. Why didn’t you speak (expletive) to him? A number of occasions, Joe instructed me, ‘Take it or depart it,’ and I instructed him, ‘(expletive) off.’ I didn’t bend to him. Typically I took it as a result of I didn’t have some other choices, however Joe Silva was a great man. He was trustworthy. I by no means heard anyone say Joe Silva lied to him.”
Abdelaziz mentioned he believes the matchmaking place, by nature, will at all times result in some strained relationships as a result of stakes of the negotiations. However he believes it’s incumbent upon managers to uphold their purchasers’ wants within the face of promotional pushback.
“A number of (expletive) occurs between managers and matchmakers, and I’m saying this to younger managers: Younger managers coming into this enterprise, 90 p.c of the (expletive) the UFC tells me, I by no means inform my fighters,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “ why? As a result of my fighters should step contained in the cage and take all this anger and frustrations in the direction of the UFC as a substitute of going in the direction of their opponent. That’s one factor I did all through my profession.
“Whenever you’re in negotiations, the UFC goes to try to chop you up. Ninety p.c of the dialog, I don’t even inform my fighters as a result of this (expletive) will not be even true. You simply attempt to make the most effective deal for them, and it’s my job to do the most effective deal for me. Mangers and promoters, we’re at all times going to be making an attempt a (expletive) theft. For the remainder of our lives, it’s at all times going to be them and us. However in a means, while you make a deal, everybody must be pleased. When all people is pleased, no one tries to (expletive) any person after. However while you depart a deal not pleased, both facet, they’re going to attempt to discover a solution to (expletive) you.”
With some 75 of his fighters at the moment below contract with the UFC, it definitely behooves Abdelaziz to keep up a pleasant relationship with firm brass. That mentioned, he insists his present anger has nothing in any respect to do with strengthening firm ties. As an alternative, he mentioned he merely desires the report on Silva to be conveyed accurately.
“Me and Joe Silva will not be finest buddies, however I’m simply uninterested in folks smearing different folks for the fighters not dealing with their profession proper,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “If you happen to suck, Joe Silva instructed you that you simply (expletive) suck. … (however) he did quite a bit for the game. You want him, you don’t like him, you need to respect him. It’s OK to not like Joe Silva. It’s OK to (expletive) Joe Silva. However you need to respect Joe Silva. If he damage your emotions, you’re within the improper (expletive) enterprise. That’s it.
“Did Joe cross the road typically? I’m positive he did. Many occasions. However my downside is why didn’t you say it then? … It’s unhappy to see somebody have such an incredible profession and have executed a lot for the game and other people speak (expletive) about him. He was a brief, indignant (expletive), however I cherished him for his honesty.”