The state of Anderson Silva’s fighting career just took a left turn.
A week after threatening to end his illustrious run in the UFC if the promotion didn’t book him in an interim middleweight title bout, “The Spider” posted a downright bizarre video on Instagram with a cryptic caption in which he appeared to stand his ground without explicitly stating his days as a fighter are over:
In the post’s lengthy caption, Silva appears to liken his plight to that of a mangled $100 bill – a fitting allegory if his gripes are indeed justified, although viewers would be better off ignoring the video portion, which inexplicably features a Portuguese voice-over accompanying shots of actors Christian Bale and Jon Hamm.
Silva aired his longstanding grievances with the UFC last week on “The MMA Hour,” lamenting the state of the middleweight division and the promotion’s reluctance to book him in an interim championship bout opposite Yoel Romero.
The former champ was scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 in his native Brazil next month, only for Gastelum to be pulled due to a violation of the USADA’s anti-doping policy. Silva later announced he wouldn’t be gracing the card after a weeks-long search for a replacement proved fruitless, much to his chagrin.
Silva is one of many middleweight fixtures to have taken the UFC to task of late, with former champ Luke Rockhold marking the latest dissenter.