Longtime former UFC Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, is still rehabbing the horrific leg injury he sustained in his UFC 168 title rematch against Chris Weidman. Earlier this week, Silva announced that he will not be fighting in 2014, and his time as champion is over.
With his statements, it seemed that Silva was done fighting for the belt and is hoping for big fights to come his way in 2015. Silva, who has always been adamant about not fighting Lyoto Machida or Jacare Souza, suddenly had a change of heart in a recent interview with Combate (Courtesy of Bloody Elbow):
That is something that I have always said, about not fighting a training partner, but it isn’t reciprocal. Inside Team Nogueira we follow this but Lyoto isn’t from Team Nogueira and neither is Jacare then it’s a vague situation. In all their interviews they said clearly that they would fight me so I can’t think differently. I don’t want to fight a friend, mainly Lyoto, but if I in the future I have credentials to fight for the belt and we have to fight, we will fight.
The above statement is in stark contrast to what Anderson said last September in an interview to promote UFC 168:
I’m a honorable man, I would never fight against “Jacare” or Lyoto, whether they are in my division or not. Lyoto is a close friend, a great athlete, we train together. The same thing with “Jaca”. So, if we had to do this, I would give up from my belt.
Silva has been giving multiple conflicting statements as of late. Only two days ago he was quoted saying that his time as champion is over, but today he says that he is willing to fight either Jacare or Lyoto for the Middleweight title.
In all reality, Silva will likely not be ready to fight until mid-2015, and who knows where the Middleweight division could be at that point. With Georges St-Pierre’s most recent comments, maybe the super fight fans have been waiting for will come to fruition next year.