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Friendship won't prevent Junior dos Santos and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva from fighting each other for the heavyweight title, as the training partners both say they have no problems facing one another should they prove victorious in their respective bouts at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One thing you can say about both Junior dos Santos and Antonio Silva -- aside from having devastating knockout power -- is that both Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contenders are company men.
In a world where friendship often negates opportunities for mixed martial arts (MMA) fight fans to see desired match ups inside the cage, "Cigano" and "Bigfoot" share the same mentality. And that is, despite their friendship and bond forged through training together with Team Nogueira, when a title is at stake; they both need to be "professional" and do what they are paid to do, and that's fight.
Because at the end of the day, providing for family is what it comes down to.
"Well, we're going to fight," said Dos Santos, regarding the possibility of the two Brazilians facing each. "For the title, we're going to fight. We're good friends and part of the same team, but he has to think about his family and I have to [do the same]."
"Cigano" first has to get through hard-hitting Mark Hunt -- who stepped in to face "Cigano" after Alistair Overeem came down with an injury -- and is coming off a vicious knockout of Stefan Struve at UFC on FUEL TV 8.
And with this now being the second time his fight against "The Reem" has been scrapped, Junior says he is moving on from the "joker."
"I don't care about Alistair Overeem. He's a joke. If he was the champion, it would be my pleasure to wait for him, but he's nobody in the division," said Junior regarding his decision to not wait for Overeem to heal up.
"I'm rooting for [Silva]. I hope and I think he will be the champion and when we have the fight I think we will do very well."
"It's tough because I love this guy. When you fight people you love, it's very hard, but I'm a professional. I have many things to support."
"Bigfoot" will first need to be on his "A" game when he takes on current 265-kingpin Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 160 if he hopes to avoid another first round beat down like the one he received at UFC 146 at the hands of "Brown Pride" a year ago.
Anyone anticipate a future title fight between these two-heavy handed Brazilians? Or will one -- or both -- of them come up short in their upcoming fights in "Sin City?"