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Anderson Silva seemingly apologizes following recent UFC criticisms

Anderson Silva, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Stephan Bonnar, from the United States, during their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC153 in Rio de Janeiro, early Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Anderson “The Spider” Silva last week became one of various UFC fighters to express his displeasure with the premier MMA promotion, but it seems Silva has quickly moved past it.

After publicly stating that he was disappointed with the UFC and its treatment to him since UFC 200, UFC President Dana White later said Silva is not a fighter with a case to be saying such things.

Silva was asked what he thought about White’s comments in reply of his own just a week before, and Silva did not have much to say except offering a short, vague apology.

“You know, definitely I need to say sorry for everything that happened with the UFC because — you know, Dana White is Dana White,” Silva told TMZ.

Originally though, Silva claimed he had not heard from the UFC following his late-notice fight at UFC 200 where he filled in for Jon Jones on less than three days’ notice to fight Daniel Cormier in a nontitle bout.

“I haven’t even received a ‘thank you’ from Dana (White), or Lorenzo (Fertitta) after the last fight,” Silva said, via MMAjunkie. “Of course, I was the one who wanted to fight, who took the bout, but I know my worth, my importance. I was very disappointed with the lack of respect that the UFC has been treating the Brazilian athletes with. I’m an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don’t get, or have got, people’s due respect. This has made me very upset, sad, and disappointed with the UFC.”

White countered in the days following.

“There’s probably some guys that could come out and say they felt like they’ve been mistreated,” White said. “Anderson Silva is not one of them. That is a guy who has been far from mistreated. Far from mistreated. (He has) no case (to say he was mistreated).”

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