Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva has long declared he would never fight against his friends and training partners, namely Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo Souza.
Machida, who fights tomorrow night (Sat., April 18, 2015) in the main event of UFC on FOX 15, was apparently the subject of major scrutiny and disappointment from the aforementioned Silva when "The Dragon" reportedly said he was willing to fight Silva if it was for the UFC title.
Considering all the hoopla surrounding Silva's failed drug tests following UFC 183, not much was made of Machida and Silva's ongoing relationship following the small hiccup.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting spoke with Machida this week, and asked the former light heavyweight champion if he had made up with "The Spider" yet.
According to "The Dragon," there was never an issue to begin with because the media took his words out of context:
"We are okay now, no problem, but I haven't seen him since his last fight against Diaz. I have talked to him on the phone, and he said "No Lyoto, it is okay, don't worry about that. If you want to use my gym you can go there." And I always go to his gym, and I think our relationship is doing good."
"Something wrong from the press. Sometimes you say something, and [the press] changes something to create more buzz."
The media twisting words to generate buzz? Golly, we would never!
With Machida's conscious cleared after clearing the air with Silva, can the former 205-pound kingpin earn another crack at UFC gold tomorrow night against Luke Rockhold?
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