Over the last few weeks, there’s been some discussion about a potential super fight between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
While this fight would be an absolute blockbuster from a fiscal vantage point, it’s doubtful that it would be particularly competitive. There is no denying Conor McGregor’s ability, but against the middleweight and occasional light heavyweight Silva, the former lightweight and featherweight champion would be grossly undersized.
For that reason, Anderson Silva’s fellow Brazilian MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he would give the Irishman no chance in this fight. In fact, he says he’d bet his car and home that Anderson Silva would KO Conor McGregor.
“I think it’s a super fight!” Nogueira told Combate of this potential Conor McGregor vs. Anderson Silva fight (translation via Bloody Elbow). “Conor McGregor knows how to control distance well, but Anderson does it like nobody else. Derek Brunson is aggressive, knows how to close the distance, but couldn’t do anything against Anderson. The grappling aspect would be Anderson’s biggest obstacle. It would be a beautiful fight between two talented athletes who know how to punch and kick.
“Anderson can get to 176 pounds, and McGregor would have to pump some iron,” he added. “I would bet my house and car on Anderson, he would knock him out. Anderson masters distance like nobody else. They’re both southpaws, Anderson is good with counters and McGregor is good at straight punches. It would sell. Anderson knows how to play the trash talking game. If he needs to put on that mask, he will.”
Do you think Conor McGregor would stand a chance in a potential super fight with the much larger Anderson Silva?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/26/2018.