Anderson Silva appears content with waiting in line and working his way to another shot at the UFC middleweight championship.
With Nick Diaz his first target this January, “The Spider” is backing his friend and training partner, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, as the next contender to the title he held for so long. Current UFC champion Chris Weidman is scheduled to meet Vitor Belfort sometime in early 2015.
“(Souza’s) been working hard for (a title shot),” said Silva, during a press conference in Brazil on Tuesday. “I’m not pretending to fight for the belt. I think I need to qualify myself again. (There is) nothing more fair than to let Jacare (fight for) it.”
Silva (33-6) broke his leg last December while facing Weidman in a rematch for the belt. He dropped the title in early 2013 and sits at 16-2 overall inside the Octagon.
The 39-year-old Brazilian proclaimed himself to be “100-percent” come fight night on January 31, as did those sitting next to him at the press conference. That included his coaches and doctor, who helped him with his recovery from the gruesome injury.
Silva stated that when he returned home, he found nothing but love and support from his family. When asked about what went wrong in the two losses to Weidman, he simply said “I lost a lot of things because of my personality and I’m learning to deal with that.”
At the end of the conference, he said this would be the final time he talked with the media until facing Diaz at UFC 183.