Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was baffled when he found out what his former teammate Ronaldo Souza has been saying about him. In a recent interview, ‘Jacare’ explained how he was mad to learn that Dana White promised Silva a title shot should he defeat Israel Adesanya in February, which Ronaldo felt was unfair due to Anderson’s positive USADA test in November 2017.
Now, it was Silva’s turn to speak up about his former colleague. In an interview with Combate, ‘The Spider’ said he was surprised to see Souza speak such things about him, because he was one of the people who helped Jacare get his career going.
“I confess I was a little surprised because I always gave Jacare all of my support, including when he first arrived at the gym. I welcomed him really well, I’ve always been by his side and I always defended him every time he fought for a title shot. I think his comments weren’t cool, but you can’t control some things. I have control over my actions, what I do and say. Everyone knows my background in this sport and how hard I worked to keep doing what I do. I don’t have much to say about him.”
Furthermore, Silva revealed he actually confronted Dana White to get Jacare a title shot which, Anderson says, is something Jacare was not aware of up until this point.
“I think he was a little premature. I always helped him, I gave him all the support he needed during training. I even fought some battles for him in the UFC. He doesn’t know that. In fact, when he was about to fight for a title shot, I got into a fight with Ed (Soares) because I confronted Dana, telling him it wasn’t fair. But anyway, everyone knows what they say and do.”
Anderson Silva is expected to take on hot prospect Israel Adesanya at UFC 234, on February 10, in Melbourne, Australia. The card will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion, Robert Whittaker, and challenger Kelvin Gastelum.