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Morning Report: Lyoto Machida calls Anderson Silva a 'victim,' respects Vitor Belfort's decision not to fight him

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Although they trained together for years, Lyoto Machida and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva haven't been the best of pals lately.

In January, Silva stated publicly that he was 'very disappointed' with not only Machida, but also with Ronaldo Souza, after both men admitted they wouldn't refuse a match with him.

Now in the midst of Silva's multiple failed drug tests prior to and following his bout with Nick Diaz Jan. 31 at UFC 183, Machida is standing by his old friend.

"I'm very surprised, but I think [Silva's] a victim," Machida told MMA Digest. "I think he's a story. I prefer not to talk about that because it's a very difficult situation. I have a lot of confidence in Anderson. I know that maybe he doesn't use that. I'm in camp. He's in America now. I haven't talked to him for a while. I don't know what happened. I prefer to stay away from this situation."

Asked if there has ever been pressure to use performance enhancing drugs during his own career, it's clear Machida wasn't much of a fan of treatments that were fair game up until just recently.

"I don't know," said Machida. "Sometimes back in the day it was allowed to use steroids through TRT [testosterone replacement therapy], but suddenly they banned everything. I don't know what happened. Maybe a couple guys still using TRT got caught. I try to be away from this stuff because I know it's very dangerous."

Rather than emote some exuberance over what could be more of an even playing field for clean athletes, Machida seems indifferent to the UFC's move to dramatically ramp up it's random drug testing.

"To be honest, I'm never concerned about that," said Machida. "I'm just concerned about doing my job, doing my best, but if they're very strict now it's going to be good for the sport. It's going to be good for everyone."

Very briefly linked to face No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort for the interim middleweight title Feb. 28 at UFC 184 in Los Angeles, Machida says he was very surprised the 'Phenom' opted to wait to battle the champion Chris Weidman at a later date.

Belfort will now face Weidman in the co-main event at UFC 187 May 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"I thought that [Belfort] could fight against me," said Machida. "He's a very well prepared athlete. Good standup, good on the ground. He's a complete fighter, but he has his own reasons to not accept the fight. I respect his decision because I like to respect my decision when I have to decide something.

"I respect his decision, but I was down to fight. As soon as [UFC president] Dana White called me he asked about the fight. I said, 'I'm down to fight anytime,' because I never stop training. [Belfort] has his own reasons."

Machida faces fellow contender Luke Rockhold Apr. 18 at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Big fight.

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