Things were already pretty interesting in the UFC’s middleweight division, especially with Weidman-Silva II just around the corner, but with the addition of Lyoto Machida the hype has jumped up a notch. Especially since “The Dragon” KO’d Mark Munoz to become the promotion’s #5th ranked middleweight, and because of his lengthy friendship with the former champ Anderson Silva.
So, now that Machida’s not far out from a title shot, questions about the possibility of him fighting Silva have reached new levels. While speaking at a recent Q&A in Brazil, here’s what the 35 year-old had to say about facing “The Spider” (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“He said he would never fight me, that we are like brothers,” Machida said. “Anderson told me he has other goals, that he was the champion for a long time and he’s focused on other goals now, like superfights. He said he would even leave the title to not fight me.”
“But we’ll see what happens. I still have to fight Gegard Mousasi in Jaragua do Sul, in February, and I want to think on this fight first. One step at a time.”
And that’s a good point. While casual fans aren’t overly familiar with Mousasi, the veteran didn’t put together an impressive 34-2-2 record and win the Strikeforce belt by accident. So, Machida clearly isn’t looking past the talented fighter.
“He is right below me in the UFC rankings and a win over him would make me achieve even more in this division. But if I lose this fight, it would be complicated. I would fall from fifth place to hell [laughs]”
That fight is scheduled for February 8th in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, and will mark the first time Mousasi’s fought since April, when he decisioned Ilir Latifi. The 28 year-old’s been sidelined since as a result of knee surgery.
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