Anderson Silva: I’d give up title before fighting Machida or Jacare

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

During a Q&A at the UFC 168 World Tour: Rio earlier this week, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva hardened his stance on not wanting to fight Brazilians. With Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza being strong contenders for the middleweight title, their names naturally came up.

“I’m a man with honor,” said Silva, as transcribed by B/R. “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. Lyoto is a close friend, a great athlete, and we train together, just like Jacare.”

“If we get to a point where we’d have to fight, I’d even give up the title.”

Silva has a rematch with current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on Dec 28.