While it may not be everyone's favorite thing to do, promoting a fight is, has and always will be the job of every fighter who happens to have any sort of following or media buzz.
If anyone's got both it's Anderson Silva, but at the same time, when you're that good at a sport, where you can practically toy with half of the elite athletes that have the testicular fortitude to step in front of you, I'm sure I'd also grow tired of media obligations.
Silva, who happened to be in Los Angeles for the past couple of days was scheduled to partake/appear in a full day of media promotion and interviews. But instead the fighter apparently flew straight to Brazil.
According to a report by USA Today, Dana White punished the Middleweight champion by fining $50,000 US. White had the following to say regarding the situation:
"We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he decided he didn't want to do it, so he's being fined $50,000."
"He doesn't like talking to the media, but it's part of his contractual obligation. Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not."
Ultimately, the media is not going to change what the result is in the cage/ring, and if anything they're simply acting as an uneseccary distraction for the fighter during the very intense and grueling training camp they have to endure.
I can't necessarily blame a fighter for their lack of enthusiasm regarding media, because at the end of the day I'm sure I would also grow tired of mindlessly answering the same identical questions over and over again as well.
What do you think Lowkickers? Does the punishment fit the crime or is it too severe? And does this in any way make you believe that Anderon may be over-looking his opponent and or not taking him seriously?