Anderson Silva Would Now Fight Lyoto Machida or “Jacare” Souza If It Was For A Title

 

Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva has always insisted in the past that he would never fight any of his teammates.

Fans have fantasised about a potential superfight between “The Spider” and his long time training partner Lyoto Machida since back in 2009, after “The Dragon” became the UFC light-heavyweight champion. But all hopes were shot down when the Brazilian’s originally said they would never fight each other.

However, a bout between the two became more of a possibility at the end of last year, as Machida dropped down to the middleweight division and put himself right into contender status with a first round knockout over Mark Munoz. Then things got a little more interesting when the 35-year old said he would actually fight Silva if he had to.

Well it looks like Silva has now changed his mind about fighting one of his training partners. In a recent interview with Globo, the MMA legend said he would take on Machida as well as Ronaldo Souza; if a belt was on the line:

“That is something that I have always said, about not fighting a training partner, but it isn’t reciprocal. Inside Team Nogueira we follow this but Lyoto isn’t from Team Nogueira and neither is Jacare then it’s a vague situation.

In all their interviews they said clearly that they would fight me so I can’t think differently. I don’t want to fight a friend, mainly Lyoto, but if I in the future I have credentials to fight for the belt and we have to fight, we will fight.”

Machida is set to challenge Chris Weidman for the middleweight title in May at UFC 173. If the former 205 pound champion manages to defeat the “All-American” he will become just the third man in UFC history to win titles in multiples weight classes.

The comments come as quite a surprise from Silva with him still recovering from breaking his leg against Weidman at UFC 169 and recently hinting at his possible retirement. The Brazilian isn’t set to return until sometime in 2015 when “The Dragon” may very well be holding his old title.

Do you think a fight between Machida and the former middleweight champion is a future possibility?



8 Comments

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    akieyugames

    March 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

    So does this mean "I BACK" again or what?

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    51JD51

    March 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I love Anderson but it's hard not to see this as a little hypocritical.

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      Bruce Lee

      March 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Absolutely. Incredible fighter but this looks hypocritical. As champ "I won't fight my teammates" puts pressure on them to say the same. Now as a potential challenger it is all different? Hmm.

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      TheXperience

      March 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I have to disagree… as Silva says, both Machida and Jacare have stated in interviews that they "would" fight Silva, so Silva now changed his tune..

      "In all their interviews they said clearly that they would fight me so I can't think differently"

      Translation:
      I don't wanna fight them, but now that they've both stated in interviews that they would fight me. I'll whoop their ass on the December blockbuster card!

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    moots

    March 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This comes mere hours after Silva claimed he is done fighting for championships? I think the only reason Silva would say these things is to get under the skin of his probably *former* good friends Machida and Jacare after they made statements that they would fight Silva for a title. There is definitely some grudge going on.

    I think there is a lot of confusion for Silva right now.

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      TheXperience

      March 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Has it ever been any different? that's what Silva does… he likes clowning reporters and on top of that, because of the language barrier shit is at times taken in the wrong context cause his choice of words isn't always the best.

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    Dbish99

    March 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Wow team backstabber I bet Machidaand others feel dumb for passing up their shot at glory now.

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    TheMMAfan

    March 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I back now… trus me, I back..

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