Anderson Silva Says He’d Vacate 185 Title, Rather Than Face “Jacare” Souza
By FCF Staff
Anderson Silva hasn’t reclaimed the UFC’s middleweight title yet, but if the legend does, he says he’d vacate the belt before facing Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Recently the UFC announced that Silva will take on fellow contender Derek Brunson at UFC 208, February 11th. It will mark the first time Silva has fought since he was decisioned by light-heavyweight champ, Daniel Cormier, last summer.
Silva appeared on the Combate News program in Brazil recently. During the interview, the 41 year-old said this about his friend and teammate, “Jacare” (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m rooting for (Souza) to get the opportunity to fight for the belt,” Silva said. “If it doesn’t happen and I get that opportunity, of course I want to fight. Regardless of belt, but of course it’d be better to fight for the belt and beat Bisping.
“But I probably wouldn’t keep the belt. I’d give it away. I wouldn’t fight, because it would get in the way of ‘Jacare”s journey. So if I fought for the title and won, I certainly wouldn’t keep it, I’d vacate it for sure.”
Souza, who is currently ranked #3 at 185, is booked to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 208. The latter is currently ranked #14, while Silva and Brunson are #7 and #8 respectively.