While there has been much speculation as to whether or not Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will have their highly anticipated welterweight rematch at UFC 200, we do know that the UFC has issued contracts to both men.
With that being said, there is another world class fighter who would like to test his skills against McGregor. Former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
He spoke to Globo:
That’s something I would like to achieve. I never asked to fight anybody, but that’s a challenge I would like to have, to try my martial arts skills against McGregor. I would also like a rematch against Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping. I think McGregor is a great standup fighter, but in his last fight he didn’t last very long because he ended up getting into Nate’s game, which is a great challenge for anybody. The Diaz brothers have great cardio. We have to respect Conor, the loss to Nate doesn’t diminish his career. I would really like to try out my skills against McGregor.
Silva acknowledges that a fight between the two may be a longshot given that McGregor is the featherweight champion who lost his first fight at welterweight, and Silva is the former middleweight champion.
‘The Spider’ has a solution however:
We could do it at a catchweight, since he told he’s willing to fight anyone under the right conditions. I believe a catchweight bout would be really interesting to the sport, for me and for him.