Souza needed only two wins inside the Octagon to get closer to a shot at the UFC title, following first-round wins over Chris Camozzi and Yushin Okami. A win for the former light heavyweight champion Machida over Mark Muñoz in his middleweight debut in October already puts him "in the mix".
"I’m a man with honor," Silva told the fans during a Q&A session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. "I’d never fight Jacare or Lyoto. I’d even stop fighting just not to fight them."
"Jacare is a guy that has been doing a great job and can earn a title shot (soon)," he continued. "Lyoto is a close friend, a great athlete, and we train together, just like Jacare."
At 38 years old, Silva stated he would retire from the sport in order to avoid fighting his friends.
"If we get to a point where we’d have to fight," he said, "I’d even give up the title."