Former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva knows the fight game well.
With holding the record for the most consecutive title defenses in the UFC, Silva is a legend of the sport. Many often argue and debate over of who is considered the greatest MMA fighter of all time and the “Spider” is one of those that is constantly brought up.
Many fans also love to argue that Conor McGregor is also a candidate for the greatest of all time, especially after winning the UFC lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, which made him the first simultaneous two-division UFC champion.
Silva recently gave his opinion on the current lightweight champion and stated that even “The Notorious” hasn’t perfected the game.
“He has flaws. We all have flaws. And his flaws are clear,” Silva recently said on Combate News (transcribed by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting). “He defends well, but he doesn’t have jiu-jitsu. The main thing is that he uses his movement and his opponent’s movement in his advantage.
“He never puts himself in uncomfortable positions. Everyone who fought him put themselves in uncomfortable positions and weren’t able to get back to comfortable positions again.”
With UFC President Dana White’s offer to put together a Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight on Friday, Silva spoke about the potential matchup between the two sport’s stars.
“I think everybody has a chance,” Silva stated. “When you step inside (the ring) to fight, you have a chance. Of course that if you’re fighting Mayweather, people would say ‘oh, McGregor won’t last a round,’ but we never know.”
“The movement is different, how you have your feet on the ground is different, the timing is different boxing,” Silva said. “The only way to see is putting them to fight. He would have to stop at least a year to be able to do a close fight, and I believe he should do it.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on January 13, 2017.