Anderson Silva Says He Won’t Jump Queue Ahead Of Teammates For Title Shot, Refuses To Fight ‘Jacare’ Souza

Even if he is successful in his UFC return fight against Nick Diaz, Anderson Silva says that while he still wants the middleweight title, he won’t jump ahead of his teammates to get it.

“No, I haven’t changed my mind,” he told the Brazilian media on Tuesday. “In my team, we have ‘Jacare’ (Souza). At Black House, we have Lyoto (Machida) and Khalil (Rountree), who’s coming now and has all the weapons to fight for the title (one day). I’ve been through this before and I have to respect (them). Jacare has been doing a great job and he has my full support to fight for the title. He’s working to make this happen.”

As for fighting for the title again, Silva would only do it if the champion isn’t one of his teammates — and that he would fight Weidman, even if it wasn’t for the belt.

“I wouldn’t fight Jacare, who is a friend, a brother, and I know how much he works and wants this. He earned it,” he said. “If I have to fight Weidman one day, I will do it. A fight is a fight, but I won’t call anybody out.”

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