Dana White on Anderson Silva vs. Lyoto Machida

By Joe Hall Aug 7, 2009
Anderson Silva seems much more intrigued with a future at 205 than one at 185, where he holds the UFC title.

Twice on Thursday Dana White relayed Silva’s stated interest in more matchups at light heavyweight if he beats Forrest Griffin this weekend, though the Brazilian would also defend at 185 as well. A quick roster scan for opponents, however far down the line, shows possibilities such as Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Chuck Liddell (should he fight again), Randy Couture (should he try 205 again). There’s also former teammates Mauricio Rua and Wanderlei Silva (though a bout with Wandy could come at 185, 195, 205 or maybe 385).

Then there’s the light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.

Machida, unlike former Chute Boxers, is a good friend of Silva’s. He’s also an occasional training partner. Zuffa has spoken forcefully about making dream matchups happen regardless of such friendships, but could Silva-Machida really come together?

“I’d like to see it,” White said.

Everyone would. But could it happen?

“I think I can make it happen.”
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