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UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva Set to Retire

(UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva, photo via bleacherreport.com)

UFC President Dana White is the most powerful man in mixed martial arts. White is a larger than life figure, at least as famous as the organization’s top fighters.

However, just below White, or perhaps above in terms of what you see on the television screen, is UFC Vice President for Talent Relations Joe Silva, who was with the UFC long before White and Fertitta brothers acquired it. As matchmaker and chief talent scout, Silva decides who gets signed, who stays and who gets cut.

Although he maintains a low profile, Silva possesses an unsurpassed passion for the sport.

Now MMAjunkie reports and MMA Fighting corroborates that Silva intends to retire, perhaps as early as this year.

When the UFC sold for more than $4,000,000,000, as part of upper management, Silva reportedly received compensation such that he felt he could retire early. Given 20 years of a travel schedule that is beyond grueling, and working for the Las Vegas based UFC from his home in Virginia, Joe Silva, has earned it, many times over.

Still, it is sad to see one of the few remaining threads connecting the new WME-IMG UFC to the original SEG era. The new ownership undoubtedly has the resources to drive the UFC  and the sport, to far higher heights. Still, nothing is free. Some things necessarily are lost. One of those is apparently Joe Silva’s extraordinary efforts. They are irreplacable, and will be missed mightily.

Former WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby has been very ably handling UFC matchmaker duties for featherweight and below (men and women’s divisions). He will presumably have a much expanded role going forward.


While neither Silva nor the UFC have released an official statement on the matter, the confirmation from the well-connected Helwani can be taken as with near certainty.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.