Machida finally dropped down to middleweight, after a long stint in the UFC's light heavyweight division. He has no problem fighting people he's friendly with, but Silva has stated that he doesn't like fighting fellow Brazilians.
"We are friends, but it's too early to think about that," Machida (19-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) said prior to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 30 headliner, regarding a potential fight with Silva. "I'm just arriving in this class, and I have to keep my focus on this fight."
Machida is set to fight Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30, so he's not thinking about fighting Silva quite yet.
"I don't know about the future," Machida said. "That's why I say to everybody, I'm just arriving. It's hard to say about a title shot. Everybody is asking about it, but I prefer not to talk about it."
Machida came close to hinting at Silva's pending retirement. He says he's not quite sure how long "The Spider" will continue fighting in MMA.
"I don't know how long he's going to fight," Machida said of Silva. "That's why I don't think about that."
Machida says he just hopes to remain busy and he'll worry about potential opponents whenever that time may be.
"I just dropped down because I was going to fight against (Jon) Jones, and that couldn't happen," Machida told MMAjunkie.com. "The UFC gave me an opportunity to fight at 185. I want to stay active."
For now, Machida is only concerned about fighting Munoz. He wants to prove to fight fans that he can put on a great performance even though he'll be forced to punch his friend.
"I have no problem with me and him," Machida said. "Mark Munoz is a great guy. We are friends, but we are professionals, too. I think this fight can show the world that friends can fight each other, but with a lot of respect, and (they) will put a great performance on. It's not a problem."