While former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is currently slated to fight top ranked middleweight Derek Brunson this Saturday in New York at UFC 208, the middleweight kingpin couldn’t help but bring up the possibility of a Conor McGregor superfight during a recent interview.
“I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR CONOR MCGREGOR BECAUSE THIS MAN CHANGED EVERYTHING IN THE UFC,” SILVA SAID ON THE UFC 208 PRE-FIGHT MEDIA CALL. “I’M VERY RESPECTFUL OF CONOR MCGREGOR’S STYLE. I THINK IT’S A GREAT CHALLENGE FOR MY MARTIAL ARTS TECHNIQUE.
“I DON’T TALK TO DISRESPECT CONOR. IT’S JUST A CHALLENGE FOR MYSELF AND FOR THE BEST STANDUP FIGHTING. I RESPECT CONOR, AND I THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT SHOW, A GREAT FIGHT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, THE REST OF MY STORY IN THE UFC.”
While a superfight between the arguable greatest fighter of al time, and the biggest superstar in the UFC today certainly is an appealing fight, the odds of the matchup ever taking place are slim to none. With Anderson Silva spending his career bouncing between middleweight and light heavyweight, Conor McGregor fights at much lower weight classes. With that being said, McGregor has fought at 170 pounds before, where he faced Nate Diaz twice. While the ‘champ champ’ currently reigns as the UFC lightweight champion, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if McGregor was open to a catchweight fight with Silva close to welterweight. With that being said, the UFC of course would then have to negotiate contracts with both men to make the fight official.
Conor McGregor of course is still being discussed as a possible opponent for undefeated prizefighter Floyd Mayweather, however negotiations have begun to stagnate since Mayweather laughed off UFC President Dana White’s offer of $25 million to fight.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/7/2017.