Lyoto Machida will be making the jump from light heavyweight to middleweight soon, leading many to wonder if he’ll have any issues facing his friend and training partner Anderson Silva.
“We are friends, but it’s too early to think about that,” Machida said at a UFC Fight Night 30 junket. “I’m just arriving in this class, and I have to keep my focus on this fight.”
“I don’t know about the future,” he added. “That’s why I say to everybody, I’m just arriving. It’s hard to say about a title shot. Everybody is asking about it, but I prefer not to talk about it.”
However, Machida hinted that Silva may be contemplating retirement, which is part of the reason he isn’t thinking about the potential bout..
“I don’t know how long [Silva is] going to fight,” Machida said. “That’s why I don’t think about that.”
As for his Saturday night fight, Machida has no issues with facing another former training partner in Mark Munoz.
“I have no problem with me and him,” Machida stated. “Mark Munoz is a great guy. We are friends, but we are professionals, too. I think this fight can show the world that friends can fight each other, but with a lot of respect, and (they) will put a great performance on. It’s not a problem.”