The Matchmaker: Silva avoids spotlight, aims it at fighters
It's common knowledge around the UFC that when matchmaker Joe Silva wants something, he usually gets it.
But even Silva had to know that a recent request he made to UFC president Dana White probably wasn't going to happen.
"Joe called the other day and wanted me to fire (UFC co-owner) Lorenzo Fertitta," White laughed. "He said, 'Hey, we've got to get rid of this guy.' He was joking of course, but that's the way he is. When he calls, he's got an opinion, I listen, and a lot of times he'll get his way.
"And nobody is ever going to win an argument with him."
As ridiculous as demanding the termination of a billionaire boss sounds, anyone who has ever worked with Silva knows he's the one man that just might get it done.
But despite his high profile within the organization and notorious persuasion skills, Silva is an expert at staying out of the mainstream spotlight. He does not grant interviews and little is known about him personally.
Even White, who is pretty much the complete source for all Silva-related information, remains hazy on his background.
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