Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Lyoto Machida (red gloves) enters the ring to fight Dan Henderson (not pictured) during the UFC welterweight bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Lyoto Machida says Anderson Silva was pressured in to Chris Weidman rematch

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is set for a highly anticipated rematch on December 28 against Chris Weidman, the man who delivered Silva the first loss of his UFC career and took his belt, as they headline the organization’s year-end show — UFC 168.

While Silva initially said he had no interest in the rematch, he eventually changed his mind and agreed to the idea.

UFC president Dana White made it appear that Silva had a change of heart and came calling while being eager for the match up, but Silva’s good friend Lyoto Machida appeared to have a different interpretation of the story.

During the UFC 163 pre-fight press conference, Machida said that Silva was pressured in to accepting the fight.

“Anderson’s rematch is fair; the guy rule division for long time. He maybe didn’t really want to fight for the belt again but the UFC demanded it,” Machida said, via Fighters Only. “I believe it wasn’t only Anderson’s intentions that prevailed in this situation.”

Whether or not that is true, Silva appears to be taking the rematch seriously.

He has gone to Thailand to train and he will come out as motivated as ever as he looks to regain his title.

What do you think? Did the UFC pressure the former champ in to a big money making bout or was Silva just eager to regain his belt? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts.

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