Posted by ncordless
You guys really think Anderson is at all concerned about upsetting the powers that be? He doesn't strike me as that type of person at all, and he has no real need to worry about getting dropped from the UFC even if he refuses to fight "friends". UFC is not going to let Silva go and risk having 2 of the 3 top fighters in the world fighting outside the UFC. Silva holds all the cards in that relationship. I have no doubt that Silva will never be afraid to say who he will and won't fight and there is not much the UFC can do about it besides complain and even that they can't do too much. Anderson does seem to have a somewhat thin skin when it comes to criticism. That mixed with his constant talk of retirement and vacating the MW belt has to have the UFC worried that they may lose their top fighter if they do not keep him happy.
I think this has more to do with Belfort's falling out with Blackhouse. There is a long history of Brazilians turning on former teamates who have moved somewhere else.
The answer to your first question, yes, I think it is something that he needs to realize that in order to solidify his legacy (and that seems to be to challange fighters at LHW and HW) he needs to get the ok from the guys that pay his wages. I agree the UFC wants to keep him happy, but at the same time I get the sense that Silva knows that he will only go so far (legacy wise) fighting fighters that are not at the top of the division (i.e. top 3 fighters are likely his targets).
As for Belfort and Blackhouse, I don't think that can be generalized and must be taken on a case by case basis. This is considering most of the top fighters have trained at some point with several orgs including Chute Boxe, BTT and Black House. If all it took was to leave a fight camp to be enemies, they should all be enemies with each other.