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Lyoto Machida Would Fight Anderson Silva For UFC Middleweight Title

Anderson Silva has always been adamant about not facing Lyoto Machida.

“I’ve already said it, and I’ll say it again. Lyoto and myself— we are brothers. Jacare and myself we are friends— camp friends. So we have a code of honor amongst ourselves that we don’t fight against ourselves regardless of wins and losses, money or fame or not,” Silva stated at a UFC press conference held in Brazil earlier this month. “So I would give up fighting if necessary if I had to fight against Lyoto.”

It turns out Lyoto Machida has different feelings on the issue.

Just hours after brutally knocking out Mark Munoz in the first round at ‘UFC Fight Night 30′, Lyoto Machida took place in an interview with the Fox Sports crew. When asked if he would be willing to face Chris Weidman or Anderson Silva if presented the opportunity, he smiled and answered “Yeah, for sure.” Machida continued, “If I want the belt… I have to chase the belt.”

If Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida were to square off in the octagon, it would be one of the biggest events in the company’s history. However, there are a few things have to happen in order for this fight to take place.

The only way it would take place is if it were for the UFC Middleweight Championship.

Dana White stated that Vitor Belfort is likely Lyoto Machida’s next opponent. Belfort is currently scheduled to face Dan Henderson next month at ‘UFC Fight Night 32′ and if he wants to stay in title contention for the UFC Middleweight Championship, he will have to walk out of the octagon with his hand raised. A victory from “The Phenom” would mean that his following bout with Machida would have title implications.

Chris Weidman not only dethroned Anderson Silva at UFC 162— he knocked him out cold. In a scenario where Anderson Silva is the victor, it depends on the fashion how he wins if he has to give Weidman an immediate rematch. The only way Silva would not have to give the current champion an immediate rematch is if he embarrasses him for a majority of the fight. Then, and only then, would it make sense for Lyoto Machida to face Anderson Silva.

The stars have perfectly aligned in the past for UFC to make big money. It could happen again.

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34 Comments to Lyoto Machida Would Fight Anderson Silva For UFC Middleweight Title

  1. UFC 84 Forever says:

    I’m sure Silva would kick them all in the throat if he needed to as well.

  2. KIDD433 says:

    Looks like Machida and The Spider don’t share the same enthusiasm when asked about fighting each other

  3. Kenny Powers says:

    The title and picture of this article go perfect together.

  4. 757 says:

    Ha Ha UFC 84 just like he kicked Chris W. …….not!!!

  5. 123 says:

    Id love to see Lyoto Machida vs Michael Bisping & Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort 2.

  6. The Dragon says:

    After Silva knocks out Weidman in the first round, he will fight Jon Jones in a superfight and give his belt to the winner of weidman-Machida. Machida will be new middleweight champion. Souza will then beat weidman and be contender for the belt. weidman will fight bisping in a UFC fight night main event.

  7. weidman sucks says:

    I still dont understand how weidman became #1contender to begin with. he had one of the most boring fights ive ever seen with maia and koed a fat out of shape ring rusted mark munoz. the dude is gonna get wrecked in the rematch period. bisping belfort shouldve gotten a title shot before him

  8. Night-Wind says:

    Machida would be a great middleweight champion!

  9. Ddddddddd says:

    All this talk of honor is taking away from the dynamic of the sports roster. This should be in your contract and considered by every fighter that wants to be a champion of the UFC. Not the champion of making and maintaining friends. This only benefits the champion and could be used as a technic to avoid bad match ups. I’m not saying that’s what’s going on here but you obviously train with people that specialize in your weakness to strengthen it. So to me then the possibilitie that you won’t have to face the person that has the answer to beat you because your friends is cheesy. UFC doesn’t stand for Ultimate Friends Can’t fight

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