He stated it at the UFC 101 post-fight press conference and he’s reiterated the same sentiment in a recent interview with Tatame.com, a popular Brazilian website. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not fight a training partner or friend, no matter how much cheddar you throw at him.
“I’ll never fight with Lyoto. This is out of the question. The guy is a brother. (It) would be like to fight with Rodrigo and Rogério [Nogueira]. There is no such possibility, nor any money in the world,” Silva emphatically stated.
This is unfortunate news for fight fans and the UFC, but in a world where selfishness and egos run rampant, it’s a nice change of pace to see Silva remaining loyal to his boys.
After destroying a fighter like Forrest Griffin, most would be laid out, sipping cocktails on a beach somewhere. Not “The Spider.” He actually plans on hitting the gym in order to help another training partner get ready for his impending scrap.
“My next appointment is to help Rodrigo [Nogueira] in his training for this fight with Randy Couture,” Silva confirmed.
As was reported during UFC 101, former pound-for-pound boxing king Roy Jones Jr. was in attendance inside the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA.
If you are thinking he was there scouting a future opponent, think again. UFC president Dana White quickly squashed those rumors.
Silva, on the other hand, has a different outlook on the matter saying, “Nobody (but me can) decide this, because it is my personal wish. I hope I can do that as well.”
MMA’s most efficient striker has three fights left on his current UFC deal, a contract that Silva said he will honor but would retire after it expires. When asked if he was going to stick to that plan following his easy win over Griffin, Silva remained open to the idea of extending his career, however wanted to manage the fans expectations if he did.
“Let’s wait and see what happens, but these ideas remain strong in my head. It is logical that if I fight more three or four years, I’ll lose. This is fact,” Silva explained.
No matter what, Anderson Silva has cemented himself as one of the top 3 pound-for-pound in the wordl. Then again, that could easily change the next time UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre or WAMMA heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko fight.