Anderson the Artiste is at it again, shooting down future contenders because of this reason or that:
“I don’t think so,” Silva told Combate about the possibility of fighting Belfort again. “What was supposed to be done was done. Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don’t like to fight against Brazilians. I don’t see that possibility.”
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, a former Strikeforce champion, will probably never fight for the UFC title if Silva reclaims his gold at UFC 168.
“If I’m your friend, I’m your friend, and money or status won’t matter,” he said. “Honor is more worthy than life for me. ‘Jacare’ or another one, I wouldn’t like to fight a friend of mine. But that’s the thing. I’m in a position and I never had to take anything from anyone to get where I am today.”
Let’s not forget that Silva didn’t want to fight Chris Weidman either. In general he seems pretty unimpressed with the matchmaking he’s presented with – a legit complaint back when it was Patrick Cote and Thales Leites and James Irvin getting the call and still now when strange shit like Stephan Bonnar happens. But like it or not, Vitor Belfort is top dog at 185 after Silva and Weidman. If Jacare wins a few more, he’ll be in a similar position.
Fighters shouldn’t get to pick their opponents, and they certainly shouldn’t get to pick who they aren’t going to face. Champions should face all comers, something Silva has done. It’d just be nice if he wasn’t such a giant complainer about it.
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