White to meet with unhappy Silva

UFC boss Dana White revealed he will meet with an unhappy Anderson Silva to clear the air following his withdrawal from UFC 212.

The former middleweight champion was set to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 but the latter was pulled from the card after he tested positive for marijuana.

The UFC has offered Silva several opponents since, but he insisted on a title fight with Yoel Romero. After it was clear this would not be the case, Silva even threatened to retire.

Now, White has committed to meeting face to face wit Silva to mend the relationship between the UFC and one of it's biggest stars. 

"I have to deal with tons of different personalities and egos and lots of different things with all of the athletes that I deal with," White told CBS Sports Radio.

"Anderson Silva has always been one of those guys that's been unique to deal with – (but) never at this level. I didn't make Kelvin Gastelum test positive for marijuana and pull out of the fight, and we tried to make other fights and get other opponents for him.

"You can't demand a title fight or (threaten), 'I’m going to retire.' Especially when you know that my philosophy is this: If you even mention the word 'retirement,' you should probably retire. I know he's not thrilled and happy with me. He and I need to sit down and do a face to face.”

White is confident that the 42-year-old veteran can be reasoned with.

"At the end of the day, despite Anderson Silva going crazy on Instagram and saying all these things right now, he’s actually a really nice guy," he continued.

"He's angry right now and we need to sit down. Everything is better face to face, so I probably need to fly out to California and sit down to talk with him – and soon, very soon."

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