Although Lyoto Machida has yet to make his middleweight debut, and that he’ll do so against the extremely tough Mark Munoz at UFC FN 30, the former light-heavyweight continues to field questions about whether he’d fight Anderson Silva. The two, of course, are longtime training partners , and in the past Silva said he wasn’t interested in fighting at 205 because of Machida’s presence in the division.
But now that Machida will be competing at 185, Silva was recently asked about whether he’d fight “The Dragon”, and the legend said he would retire rather than fight his friend. Machida was also asked about the possible match-up this week in Manchester, and here is some of what the 35 year-old had to say (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.”
“I don’t know about the future,” Machida noted. “That’s why I say to everybody, I’m just arriving. It’s hard to say about a title shot. Everybody is asking about it, but I prefer not to talk about it.”
“I don’t know how long he’s going to fight,” he said. “That’s why I don’t think about that.”
So, Machida didn’t drop a bombshell by saying Silva is going to hang up the gloves soon or anything, but it’s interesting to hear him say he’s not sure how long the 38 year-old will keep fighting. Even after losing the belt to Weidman at UFC 162, Silva repeated his intention to complete the ten fight deal he signed not too long ago. If that’s still the case, then “The Spider” would still have a few years left of competing yet.
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