Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva will never fight.
I know, I know. It saddens me, too.
Despite the fact that both men are primarily counter strikers, this matchup represents a technical stand-up lover's dream, as a knockout blow could present itself at any time from any angle.
Now that Machida is officially a part of the UFC's middleweight division, this fight had felt more possible than ever, but "The Dragon" put an end to any rumblings concerning a bout with his teammate during a Q&A session in Goiania, Brazil Wednesday.
MMAfighting.com translated Machida's responses regarding this situation:
He (Silva) said he would never fight me, that we are like brothers. Anderson told me he has other goals, that he was the champion for a long time and he's focused on other goals now, like superfights. He said he would even leave the title to not fight me.
Did you catch that?
Despite the fact that Machida let us know that he and Silva would never square off inside the Octagon, he dropped another juicy tidbit during his delivery of the quote.
Anderson Silva is interested in superfights.
Silva currently has a rematch booked with middleweight champion Chris Weidman for Dec. 28 at UFC 168, but the former pound-for-pound king has long teased the idea of a superfight. He's even dabbled in the light heavyweight division with stellar results, a fact which lingers every time these talks arise.
For now, nothing is certain, and Silva could very well recapture UFC gold at UFC 168. If that happens, where does that put Machida in the division?
The latest transfer to the promotion's 185-pound class has a fight with Gegard Mousasi planned Feb. 8, and if The Dragon emerges victorious there, he will have to be considered a top contender for the middleweight strap.
If Silva holds the belt at that time, however, the UFC faces a serious issue, and we will get to see if Machida's claim that "The Spider" would vacate his title are true.
What do you make of this?
Will Machida fight Silva under any circumstance, or would Silva cough up his status as middleweight king in favor of superfights if Machida establishes himself as the No. 1 contender?