I don’t have intention to fight on this category and I’m only doing this because they (UFC) asked me and I think I can do it. I don’t intend to fight for this belt, this belt belongs to Lyoto (Machida) and he already proved that. I’m going to fight because I like to fight and because I like challenges.
Silva apparently took the bout due to the UFC‘s desperation to throw together an event to fight Affliction‘s July 19th show, “Banned.” Silva went on to call this bout a personal favor to Dana White. Moving on to future challenges at 185, Silva would not confirm a future bout with Yushin Okami but he believes it’s very possible. He went on to state that he doesn’t believe the UFC and Affliction are competing:
I don’t believe it to be an event dispute, I think that it is a way to show that the sport is growing.. The UFC doesn’t dispute with other events. The UFC is the biggest event in the world and there is no dispute. Unfortunately the other events are on the same date.
What a coincidence.