Anderson Silva: “I Don’t Like to Fight Brazilians”
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva explained his dislike for fighting fellow Brazilians in an interview with Fuel TV’s Karyn Bryant.
Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) has been vocal about his aversion to fighting Brazilians before, with open refusal to fight his teammates. Though he has fought at 205 lbs, he has stated he will not move to that division because his friend and teammate, Lyoto Machida, fights there.
Of his 16 UFC fights, Anderson Silva has fought only three Brazilian fighters. The most memorable of these is his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, which Anderson ended with a spectacular front-kick to the face of Belfort.
“I don’t like to fight Brazlian guys, because it’s different for me. I fight Vitor, but I don’t like it because I train together with Vitor for a long time. One day Vitor talked, ‘Hey I [will] go [and] fight for UFC, I fight [at] 185 [lbs.].’ The guys said, ‘What?’
“Me and Rodrigo, Feijão, Rogerio, my team- they say, ‘Alright, fight is the fight; but family? You don’t fight with family. But, it’s normal, this is business.”
Anderson’s next fight will be against New York-born fighter, Chris Weidman, at UFC 162 on July 6.