The former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has doubled down on his wish to take on the superstar Conor McGregor in his next outing.
As far as bizarre prospective matchups in the UFC are concerned, I think it’s fair to say that Anderson Silva vs. Conor McGregor is well up there.
Ahead of him returning to the octagon at UFC 237 this weekend in what is sure to be one of the last times he makes the walk, Silva spoke to TMZ Sports about his desire to take on the Irishman inside the octagon.
“I believe this fight is very interesting for the sport, for the fans, but that’s a good question for Dana White. Conor accepted the challenge, I accepted the challenge, we’re just waiting for the opportunity. Let’s go see.”
“Come on boss. Give this show for the fans, give this show for the big fans of the UFC. Two big guys, two big names, you know? It’s good money for you Dana, and good challenge for me, for Conor.
“I believe I could cut my weight for 180, I believe McGregor could weigh for 180. That’s the good fight for me and Conor. That’s a good experience for the fans, especially the fans for this sport. That’s a super, super, superfight. Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor.”
Silva has been surprisingly active of late, with this being his second fight in three months following his UFC 234 showdown against now-interim-champion Israel Adesanya.
In Jared Cannonier, it’s fair to say that the UFC have done a good job in matchmaking – given Cannonier’s own likely approach to getting the job done.
At 44, Silva is still clearly a very skilled technician – as evidenced by his at-times fantastic defense against the aforementioned Adesanya – even in defeat.
Facing of man of McGregor’s size, though – no matter how skilled he is – is a bit ridiculous.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena