Who wants to see Conor McGregor take on Anderson Silva in the Octagon?
The former UFC middleweight kingpin has recently been talking about his desire to fight the Irish superstar simply because he wants to test his own skills as a martial artist.
“I’d like to test myself against Conor because he’s an interesting martial artist,” Silva told the media recently in Rio de Janeiro (translated by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting). “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.”
When asked by Ariel Helwani at his recent pay-per-view interview on which fighter in MMA he feels presents a challenge in the Octagon, McGregor responded in notorious fashion.
“F**k them all. F**k every one of them,” McGregor told Helwani. “Did you see Anderson? What’s Anderson talking about? What the f**k is Anderson Silva talking about? He keeps mentioning my name over and over again.
“Look, I’ll fight any one of them. Make sure the numbers are right. Make sure the situation is right. I’ll fight any one of them at any given time. We’ve got the Floyd situation lined up, but there’s many of them that are there.
“We’ve got the featherweight situation, the lightweight situation, the welterweight situation. That’s a real situation also. I’m going to slap that fool around. I will go in and slap that fool (Tyron Woodley) around the Octagon and take that third belt, no problem. That’s a real situation. Anderson, f**king who else? I don’t know who else. All of them. GSP is another one.”
Of all the superfights that could take place, which opponent would you like to Conor McGregor matched up against next? Sound off in the comment section!
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/6/2017.