Anderson Silva may have bigger concerns, in that he’ll face Chris Weidman for a second time at UFC 168, but the former champ says he’ll hang up the gloves before he fights Lyoto Machida or “Jacare’ Souza. Not only has the “The Spider” trained with both fighters, but he considers Machida and Souza friends.
While the possibility of Silva-Machida or Silva-Souza seems far off right now, another big win or two by either man could make things pretty interesting in the 185 pound division. Souza is already knocking on the title shot door thanks to impressive wins over Chris Camozzzi and most recently Yushin Okmai, and if Machida can take out contender Mark Munoz on October 26th, he’ll likely move into the top ten ranks as well.
So, while attending a media event recently in Rio de Janeiro to promote his December 28th rematch with Weidman, here’s what Silva had to say about the possibility of fighting either middleweight (quotes 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 added. “Lyoto is a close friend, a great athlete, and we train together, just like Jacare.”
Of course, if Silva loses to the newly crowned champ again at UFC 168, then the UFC won’t have nearly as much reason to push for a bout with either vet.
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