“Jacare” said in a live conversation with the Brazilian site PVT a week that he didn’t believe Silva could deserve a UFC middleweight title shot if he beats Israel Adesanya in UFC 2 3 4 in February. UFC president Dana White told Silva that a success will earn him that No. 1 rival place.
Silva said Monday at a press conference in his new Spider Kick gymnasium that he was “amazed ” to hear Souza’s comments, notably on account of the history between the two men dating back to their own time in Brazil as mates.
“‘Jacare,’ if he arrived at train to my team in BrazilI only opened the doorway of my gym and that I helped a lot and encouraged a lot,&rdquoexplained. “I’m surprised that ‘Jacare’ talked about that situation, notably because he respects me personally. I strove to help ‘rsquo Jacare &; many times. I fight with Ed and Dana Soares time when & lsquo; Jacare & rsquo; came close to fighting for your belt. ”
Souza, that just overcome Chris Weidman in UFC 230 in November, said Silva, the mythical former champ, has been coming from a suspension for a positive drug test and might only be receiving an opportunity for your belt because of his name. Robert Whittaker defends the title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of this UFC 2 3 4 card which Silva vs. Adesanya will occur in Melbourne, Australia.
”Inside my (jiu-jitsu) days, I competed in the state championship to earn a spot in the World Championship. I didn & rsquo, if I didn & rsquo; t win their nation winner;t struggle the Worlds,&rdquo. “(If I won), no one could jump the line. But since the guy has a name and everything… Actually is, Anderson is currently coming off doping. Anderson is outside of this position. ”
Late this past year & ldquo; The Spider & rdquo; failed a drug test, the next one of his livelihood. Back in July, USADA, the UFC’s partner, announced that Silva will be suspended for one year. The bureau found that Silva, that faced a four-year ban as being a second-time offender, had failed the drug test because of this ingesting of a nutritional supplement.
Souza (26-6, 1 NC) has a triumph over Brunson and will be coming off the success finished Weidman, that likely could have made a title shot he won a month.
Silva said that certain reason he admitted that the fight was as White guaranteed that a triumph could earn him a title shot. Silva’s message to his old friend is that this was not his choice — it had been that the UFC’s.
“I don’t understand [why] Jacare is achieving so, but it’s not my fault,” Silva explained. “I make an effort to perform my best. And rsquo & that;s the point Dana offered to me personally, to fight for the belt again. It’s not my fault. I have to state ‘Jaca it’s not even me. ”