Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva has always insisted in the past that he would never fight any of his teammates.
Fans have fantasised about a potential superfight between "The Spider" and his long time training partner Lyoto Machida since back in 2009, after "The Dragon" became the UFC light-heavyweight champion. But all hopes were shot down when the Brazilian's originally said they would never fight each other.
However, a bout between the two became more of a possibility at the end of last year, as Machida dropped down to the middleweight division and put himself right into contender status with a first round knockout over Mark Munoz. Then things got a little more interesting when the 35-year old said he would actually fight Silva if he had to.
Well it looks like Silva has now changed his mind about fighting one of his training partners. In a recent interview with Globo, the MMA legend said he would take on Machida as well as Ronaldo Souza; if a belt was on the line:
"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."
Machida is set to challenge Chris Weidman for the middleweight title in May at UFC 173. If the former 205 pound champion manages to defeat the "All-American" he will become just the third man in UFC history to win titles in multiples weight classes.
The comments come as quite a surprise from Silva with him still recovering from breaking his leg against Weidman at UFC 169 and recently hinting at his possible retirement. The Brazilian isn't set to return until sometime in 2015 when "The Dragon" may very well be holding his old title.
Do you think a fight between Machida and the former middleweight champion is a future possibility?