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Machida On Thiago Silva, LHW Title Contenders

From a new interview on Tatame.com.br, translated by CagePotato’s Luiz De Souza.

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How does it feel to go against another Brazilian fighter?
I wouldn’t want to go against another Brazilian, but we are all professionals and that’s how it goes. There are fights amongst people of the same nation; it’s inevitable. Only one will come out champion from this group of Brazilians, and it will become our job to go against friends. The most important thing is to deal with this as professionals. The Americans already have this in their culture, they understand it, they are friends, but when the fight comes…This happens a lot in K-1, they fight against each other and still have good relationships…I obviously would rather not go against another Brazilian, we are together representing the same country, but then again everyone is defending their own flags. I know [Silva] hasn’t had a loss yet either, he comes from great victories in the events, but I am doing my homework so that I can win this fight.

Have you started studying your opponent?
I’ve seen a couple of his fights, but it is still early to start training specifically for him. What I am doing now is my basic training, physical preparation, and in August I will train to go against him. He is tough, like all others, there has to be a built-up strategy and some good studying of his game for me to win.

Do you think that the next fighter to get a chance at the belt is the winner of your fight against Thiago, Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans, or do you think Wanderlei can be the one too?
I think anything can happen, but I think that Liddell, since he is an ex-champion, has great chances of getting the shot at it if he wins. Wanderlei also has a chance, but he was a Pride champion instead, so his chances are maybe lower than Chuck’s. Wanderlei is good enough to fight for the belt, for everything he has already done and for everything he still does, but the UFC is the one who decides.

Are you going to train with Anderson Silva for this fight?
Yes I will. In August I should be going to Rio to train with Anderson.

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ADW- July 17, 2008 at 6:14 am
I am going to go with Thiago on this one. He is going to eat some punches charging in and then ruin Machida's weekend. I am all for Machida but Thiago Silva is just plain scary.
nothing is more boring than teachbug- July 17, 2008 at 1:39 am
Teachbugs blatant weakass trolling attempts fail so often, it really is fucking boring to listen to this tool talk. Back under your bridge.

Anyways, Machida is good. He is not boring. No lay and pray with this guy. He dares you to come take a punch. He has an awkward open stance. He has crazy punch angles like Chuck. He has world class take down defense. All that said, he can still get knocked the fuck out. I like Silva's style too. At least they found some one whos not a gaping vagina. If lots of people are scared to fight you, that means you are the man.

Machida by decision in a good 15 min fight.
teachbug- July 17, 2008 at 12:01 am
why hate on him? he bores the fuck out of me.......why hate on him for it, isn't it bad enough hes boring as 2 snails fucking?
jakey- July 16, 2008 at 10:25 pm
no machida haters yet? Cool!
BLS1919- July 16, 2008 at 9:48 pm
Machida will prove that he is the next contender to the LHW belt with his stoppage of Silva. This is going to be a great fight. I really like these two fighters but with machidas feints and counterstrikes i think he will tko Thiago late in the 2nd. I thiknk Machida may rival A. Silva for the best P4P fighter in the world in the coming years.
Plain old Kevin- July 16, 2008 at 7:23 pm
I just hope Machida wins by stopping Thiago convincingly. I do not want to see Thiago's stupid ass cocky smug look that he gives after a match. Hate that douche.
Me- July 16, 2008 at 7:11 pm
I'm kinda with ya there.

I must ask though, has he never fought in Brazil before? There are a lot of fighters that come out of Brazil and they fight a lot. They fight each other a lot.

Strange.
TheFeniX- July 16, 2008 at 7:07 pm
I've never really understood the whole "I don't like fighting people from my own country" bit, although everything I've read shows that Brazilians have a lot of national pride. I don't care that Mike Swick fights out of my home-town, but that's just me. I don't consider a fighter from X country representing said country anymore than I consider Wanderlei a representative of Pride. They're MMA fighters. They should fight for themselves. Scoring one for your country/training team should be a benefit, not a goal.

I will say that I'm glad Machida didn't pass on a fight because of his reservations.
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