Lorenzo Ferttittta recently made an announcement stating that if two fighters refuse to fight each other they will be released from the UFC. Many believe that this statement is aimed at AKA fighters Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick who are three of the top five Welterweights in the UFC and also refuse to fight each other.
Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine are also top ten Light Heavyweights who train with each other and refuse to fight each other.
Although those would be interesting fights to see, it is hard not to notice that the announcement comes close to Anderson Silva's second fight in the Light Heavyweight division. Sitting on top of the division is Lyoto Machida who is a former training partner of Silva's.
Both used to train at Blackhouse MMA in Brazil but the gym has since been disbanded. Anderson Silva has also stated that he believes Lyoto Machida to be the rightful heir to the Light Heavyweight throne and he willl not impede that from happening.
Being that Machida and Silva are two of the best pound for pound fighters in the world it is highly doubtful that if they insist on not fighting each other Dana White will simply release them from the UFC.
Also being that they are true competitors they will not want to be released from the biggest and most stable MMA organization in the world. This will lead us to conclude that it is a matter of when and not if whether these two fight or not.
It is also in the UFC's best interest that these two fight sooner rather than later due to the fact that Anderson Silva only has a handful of fights remaining on his contract before he is believed to retire.
This fight is good for the UFC and for MMA in general because the fact that both of these fighters are undefeated in the UFC and Machida is Undefeated in his career so far.
Besides the fact that both of them have yet to lose, they both seem to be problems that other fighters cannot solve. The fact that they used to train together and know better than anyone else what the others weaknesses are. They spent hours in the gym working out each others faults and helped make each other two of the best fighters in the world today. This intriguing possibility will happen sometime in 2010 and will be rated as the best fight of the year.
Of all the possible future match ups out there this has the best potential for breaking attendance records and PPV buy records than any other fight. So everybody cross your fingers and hope that Silva dispatches Griffin quickly and Machida does the same to Shogun. Quick TKO wins will help make this happen much sooner.