Anderson Silva is very serious about potentially taking on Conor McGregor in the UFC.
Despite the fact that Conor McGregor has spent the majority of his career in a division, 40 pounds below the weight Anderson Silva has most frequently fought at, the Brazilian is continually pushing for a shot at the Irishman.
Speaking earlier this month, Anderson Silva stated that he was keen to test himself against the man who is now, by far and away the UFC’s biggest star. However, the 41-year-old has now elaborated on his previous quotes going into greater detail in terms of why he is looking to take on the SBG man.
“I’d like to test myself against Conor because he’s an interesting martial artist,” Silva said during a UFC 208 media scrum in Brazil. “His stand-up game is an intelligent game. Not because he’s champion now, but for the martial arts challenge. I’d like to see how these stand-up techniques, his and mine, would mix, and how that would go. But not to fight for a belt or anything like that. For the challenge, an interest, that thing about knowing how a fight like this would go.”
Although McGregor has fought most frequently in the featherweight division since joining the UFC, he does have two 170 lbs bouts under his belt due to the Nate Diaz saga and, as a result, Silva believes a fight between the pair is very doable.
“I believe he can make 176, 178 pounds, right? That’s a weight I can get,” said Silva. “We started this work and I got to 174, but we thought it would be better now to do these tests.
“There was no fight booked, we made 174, and master (Rogerio) Camoes said ‘man, you don’t need this, you’re fine, so go back to your division.’ I know I can make 174 now, but my team and my doctor, Marcio Tannure, decided to stay in my division.”
Silva will face Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn next month.