Anderson Silva reigned supreme over the UFC’s middleweight division – and pound-for-pound rankings – for several years.
He bested the likes of Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Yushin Okami and Chael Sonnen along the way.
Now, as he prepares to try and re-claim the belt from Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December, “The Spider” is opening up a little.
In a recent interview with the Brazilian news source Combate, Silva talked about his lack of interest in facing Vitor Belfort again – and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for that matter – because they share Brazilian heritage.
“If I’m your friend, I’m your friend, and money or status won’t matter,” Silva 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.”
On Belfort specifically, who Silva previously defeated, he said, “Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don’t like to fight Brazilians. I don’t see that (a rematch as a) possibility.”