Featured above is the complete, unedited pre-UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz media conference call, which took place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, just two days before their highly-anticipated showdown inside the Octagon on Saturday night, January 31st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Check out the complete media call above to hear Silva and Diaz talk about their upcoming battle this weekend, as well as comments from “The Spider” about his desire to avoid fighting fellow Brazilian UFC stars. Specifically, the former longtime UFC Middleweight Champion mentioned current top-ranked 185-pound contenders and who he mentioned as personal friends, Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
“Jacare is my friend, Lyoto is my friend. But all the time, [those] guys don’t talk the same as me,” Silva said on Thursday’s media call. “When I go to talk to people for media, I say, ‘I no go fight Lyoto because he’s my friend, I no go fight Jacare because he’s my friend.’ But when those guys go and talk to the media, Lyoto says, ‘I go fight Anderson because I go fight.’ Jacare says, ‘I go fight because I go fight, because I’m a fighter.’ But my opinion, I don’t like the positions that Lyoto and Jacare (are taking), because I don’t go fight these guys. Because I’m training with Lyoto for a long time, sometimes I train with Jacare.
Silva continued, “When I go train with guys, I go to help you. … I put 50-percent of my energy into helping the guys. When the guys talk like this, I’m very, very, very disappointed.”
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