Anderson Silva has been watching the saga between Conor McGregor and the UFC unfold from afar, and the former UFC middleweight champion can truly see where both sides are coming from.
While speaking to the media earlier this week, Silva admitted that during his years of champion he reluctantly attended press conferences and media events, but once you sign the contract, it’s part of the job.
"I think that neither the UFC nor McGregor are 100 per cent wrong," he said, per the Sydney Morning Herald. "I do think that once you sign a contract, which includes promoting an event, then that’s what you have to do.
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"I understand, I’ve gone through this in the past many times. As a fighter, we think our job is to go in there and fight … I know as a fighter how hard it is to leave your country in between camps to go on promotional tours.
"I’ve done all that and I’ve disagreed with it a few times, but I understand both of their sides."
Silva spent 2,457 days as UFC champion, which surely encompassed countless media obligations, making "The Spider" an expert on the topic.
Silva understands how, like most fighters, McGregor only wants to train and fight, but he also knows there are commitments that come with being a professional fighter.