Over the last few months, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has made several mentions of a potential super fight with former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor, never one to turn down a challenge, has shown reciprocal interest in this matchup.
Despite the mutual interest Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor have in fighting one another, however, the matchup still looks pretty unlikely. Speaking to TMZ Sports this week, Silva did what he could to change that, pushing UFC President Dana White to book the fight.
“I believe this fight is very interesting for the sport, for the fans,” Silva stated. “But that’s a good question for Dana White, because Conor accepted the challenge, I accepted the challenge, we’re just waiting for the opportunity. Let’s go see.
“Come on boss,” Anderson Silva added, sending a message to White. “Give the 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 a good challenge for me and Conor. I believe I could cut my weight [to 180], I believe McGregor to get [his] weight to 180. I believe it’s a good fight for me and Conor. That’s a good experience for the fans, especially the fans of this sport. That’s a super, super, super fight. Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor.”
Anderson Silva is due to return to the Octagon this weekend, on the main card of UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he’ll battle surging middleweight contender Jared Cannonier.
Conor McGregor, meanwhile, doesn’t have a fight booked. That being said, it’s recently been reported that he’s ready to return to the cage. He’ll soon be meeting with Dana White to discuss this possibility. Stay tuned for updates on that.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/8/2019.