These are really interesting times in the career of Anderson Silva, as not only did his historic reign come to an end at UFC 162, but now he’ll look to reclaim the middleweight belt from Chris Weidman at UFC 168. In addition, the UFC’s 185 division has recently seen the additions of “Jacare” Souza and Lyoto Machida, who are two of “The Spider’s” pals and training partners.
While some fighters are willing to throw down with teammates and friends, Silva certainly doesn’t appear to be one of them. At a recent Q&A session in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, here’s what Silva had to say about whether he would fight Machida or “Jacare” (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m a man with honor,” Silva said. “I’d never fight Jacare or Lyoto. I’d even stop fighting just not to fight them.”
“Jacare is a guy that has been doing a great job and can earn a title shot (soon),” he continued. “Lyoto is a close friend, a great athlete, and we train together, just like Jacare.”
Not long ago, Souza also made it clear that he hopes the UFC “never” asks him to fight Silva, as a result of his ties to the legend. While Machida has to get by Mark Munoz at UFC FN 30, and “Jacare” isn’t next for a title shot yet, if Silva wins impressively on December 28th things could get interesting.
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