Report: Anderson Silva Now Willing to Fight Lyoto Machida, “Jacare” Souza
By FCF Staff
Anderson Silva has repeatedly stated that he wasn’t willing to face teammates Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the Octagon, but now it sounds like the former UFC champ has changed his mind.
Silva, who continues to recover from a broken leg he suffered in December, recently told the Brazilian show Atlas Hora that he would fight Machida and Souza after all. The 38 year-old legend reportedly stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I always said I wouldn’t fight teammates, but it’s not mutual,” Silva said. “We take that very seriously at Team Nogueira, but Lyoto is not from Team Nogueira, neither is ‘Jacare’, so it’s a little vague. In every interview they gave, they said they would fight (me), so I can’t be any different.”
Silva went on to say that although he doesn’t want to fight a friend like Machida, if the match-up involved a title, he would.
Machida is set to face middleweight champion Chris Weidman on May 24th. Souza, meanwhile, is recovering from elbow surgery after he decisioned Francis Carmont in February.