Lyoto Machida will make his middleweight debut this Saturday at UFC N 30 versus Mark Munoz, and now that he’ll be fighting at 185 like his longtime training partner Anderson Silva, the ‘will you fight him’ questions are happening.
Recently Silva said he would “stop fighting”, rather than fight teammates Machida or “Jacare” Souza, because he is a “man of honor.” When asked about the possibility of facing “The Spider” this week in Manchester, “The Dragon” stated (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“We are friends, but it’s too early to think about that,” Machida said. “I’m just arriving in this class, and I have to keep my focus on this fight.”
Fair enough right? After all, Mark Munoz is a ridiculously tough guy and Silva is set to rematch champion Chris Weidman on December 28th. But, if both Machida and Silva win another fight or two, things could get interesting righ. Well, Machida also apparently stated:
“I don’t know how long he’s going to fight,” he said. “That’s why I don’t think about that.”
Now, it’s not like Machida came out and said Silva’s retiring soon, but it is an interesting comment. Particularly since Silva has consistently said he intends to complete the 10 fight deal he signed not long ago.
Of course, first things first and that’s UFC FN 30 in Manchester, England. In addition to Machida-Munoz, there’s several other compelling fights set including Pearson-Guillard, Jimmo-Manuwa and Tuck-Parke.
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