Following Anderson Silva‘s fall from grace against now champ Chris Weidman, it was clear that Silva had zero desire of a rematch. Less than a week later we would hear a jovial Anderson say “I back,” referring to his acceptance of the rematch on the end of the year UFC card. According to Lyoto Machida, the acceptance of the rematch came after much pressure from his employers.

“Anderson’s rematch is fair; the guy rule division for long time. He maybe didn’t really want to fight for the belt again but the UFC demanded it. I believe it wasn’t only Anderson’s intentions that prevailed in this situation.”

Machida is likely very close to the situation as both men are long time friends and currently reside in Los Angeles County, not too far from our headquarters. Machida will be making his return to the octagon this Saturday at UFC 163 against Phil Davis and sounded to be more than confident.

“I am the number one in the world and the leading contender, and it is in this upcoming fight that I will demonstrate that once again. I already received the promise for the title shot twice and ended up not having the chance to fight for it but I will prove myself for the third time,” he tells O Globo.

“Nothing comes easy for me and I am not counting with anything easy now. I know this is going to be a tough fight but the title shot has to come.” – FightersOnly Magazine