For the majority of the Zuffa era of the UFC, Joe Silva was referred to as “the greatest matchmaker on the planet.” However some recent allegations have emerged, that paint him in a slightly different light.
From the perspective of the fans, it is not exactly wrong to think of Joe as the best matchmaker ever. It seemed that he was able to make almost any fight happen, if he saw fit. This provided the sport with some incredible action throughout his entire time with the company, before retiring shortly after it was purchased by Endeavor in 2016.
That being said, not everything that has been said about Joe Silva has been so kind. In recent years, some troubling things have been said about the former matchmaker’s aggressive negotiation style, and his tendency to low-ball fighters. This has started to show onlookers a different side of him, that does not seem too great.
Fighters Speak Out Against Joe Silva
As the unrest among current UFC stars has increased, more and more athletes have started speaking out. It started with lightweight veteran Gray Maynard speaking about perceived “hush money” that he was given. This then led to Sam Stout taking to Twitter to explain that he got paid $2,000 to show and $2,000 to win for his first few fights in the promotion, saying that he stands with the fighters who have been speaking out about their pay.
This tweet got a reply from a user who referred to Joe Silva as a “special a-hole’,” which prompted another veteran in Jon Fitch to speak up. This then led to a discussion between he and Maynard, as they shared horror stories of dealing with Joe. Mike Pierce, a former UFC welterweight joined in on the discussion, as did Matt Pena, who coached former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
To be honest, these types of accusations about Joe Silva seem to fall in line with similar types of sentiments that have been revealed through the lawsuit that the UFC is current involved in. It may be a while before #JoeSilvaStories is trending, but there seems to be no denying the questionable tactics he has used over the years.