Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez tells harsh story of former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva

Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez tells harsh story of former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva

The biggest story in MMA for the past few weeks has been the issue of fighter pay in the UFC. Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, and Henry Cejudo have all been vocal about issues with their negotiations with the UFC. And while more and more fighters have begun coming out more publicly against the UFC’s negotiation tactics, there’s been an interesting offshoot of this movement: former UFC fighters dragging former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

Silva was the UFC matchmaker from 1997 to 2016, and as such, he was one of the most most powerful men in the organization for much of his tenure. As a result, there have been many unflattering told stories about him from fighters in the UFC orbit, both personally and professionally. In recent weeks, several more former fighters have added to that throng, including Mike Pierce, Gray Maynard, Jon Fitch, and Roland Delorme. And now, an MMA legend has joined the fray.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez joined in on the #JoeSilvaStories movement, sharing a story that occurred shortly before his lightweight title shot against Rafael dos Anjos.

While the Me too movement on Joe Silva continues …I got an incredible Joe Silva story myself but my momma always told me that if “ I ain’t got nuttin good to say than , than don’t say nuttin at all “

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 16, 2020

Ok ok …. so I am in the restaurant of a hotel a few weeks after the Anthony Petis fight eating by myself and next to me is Joe Silva with a group of buddies and I believe Sean Shelby they are having some drinks . I never interacted with Joe but I took the time to introduce ..

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 16, 2020

Next I ask who my next opponent could possibly be and half joking half serious ask for the champion if he’s available …. Joe took the opportunity to tell me with the way I am fighting I’ll never get a title shot as long as he’s around , they all laugh ….

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 16, 2020

At this point I am completely embarrassed , I want to hurt him but I just joined this promotion and this guy pretty much makes the rules , The funny part was he was standing and I could of swore he was fully seated . So I took the high road and went to my room in a rage .

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 16, 2020

I get a call a few weeks later from Dana not Joe asking for the RDA fight …. I thought wow this one must of went over Joes Head , Joe 4 foot a lot of things Do . So I get the fight I wanted and Joe didn’t want . I KO RDA and win the world title in the 1st rnd. As I make my….

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 16, 2020

Out of the ring and in the back guess who is the first guy standing there … Yes Joe …. No congrats no good job just a bitter angry small little man . I said nothing, nothing needed to be communicated I just a wink . Success is how you destroy you’re enemies .

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 16, 2020

“While the Me Too movement on Joe Silva continues, I got an incredible Joe Silva story myself but my momma always told me that if “I ain’t got nuttin good to say, then don’t say nuttin at all.

Ok ok …. so I am in the restaurant of a hotel a few weeks after the Anthony Pettis fight eating by myself and next to me is Joe Silva with a group of buddies and I believe Sean Shelby they are having some drinks. I never interacted with Joe but I took the time to introduce (myself). Next I ask who my next opponent could possibly be and half joking half serious ask for the champion if he’s available. Joe took the opportunity to tell me with the way I am fighting I’ll never get a title shot as long as he’s around, they all laugh.

At this point I am completely embarrassed, I want to hurt him but I just joined this promotion and this guy pretty much makes the rules. The funny part was he was standing and I could of swore he was fully seated. So I took the high road and went to my room in a rage. I get a call a few weeks later from Dana not Joe asking for the RDA fight. I thought wow this one must of went over Joe’s Head. Joe’s 4 foot, a lot of things do. So I get the fight I wanted and Joe didn’t want. I KO RDA and win the world title in the 1st round. As I make my out of the ring and in the back guess who is the first guy standing there? Yes Joe. No congrats, no good job just a bitter angry small little man. I said nothing, nothing needed to be communicated, I just wink. Success is how you destroy your enemies.

(Edited for clarity).

Silva ended up getting the last laugh though: Alvarez lost the title in his very next fight, to Conor McGregor at UFC 205 in November of 2016. Silva then retired at the end of that year. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Darren Till is going ham on Mike Perry. He made a website and an Instagram dedicated to him.

It’s gonna be real tough for anybody to beat Darren Till buying https://t.co/01KXuWQaMG for the funniest thing in MMA for 2020… I know we got like half the year left but this is gonna be hard to beat honestly pic.twitter.com/Dp3u3GJX8g

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Funny all you miserable bums in Europe are jealous. Wanking off your mates in a circle jerk while I block your whole shitty continent ! The only thing you guys are raw dogging is all your buddies. @darrentill2 has #AnalWarts

— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) June 15, 2020

The Platinum affect is when that memory that pops into your head hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been having good visions. So many options. I don’t see any good options for @mickeygall in the future. What’s his fight name ? Sticky micky ? Stuck on bottom under @DiegoSanchezUFC

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The dream.

Hoping one day I’m famous enough to act really badly in an action movie.

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“Overkill” starring me directed by that guy produced by someone with money and very low expectation https://t.co/FUqnEf8sND

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Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.

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