With UFC 229 only days away, former two weight champion Conor McGregor has been doing the necessary media rounds to promote his 155lb title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
As is tradition, the Irishman has not been shy when it comes to making outlandish statements during these interviews. One of his more surprising comments came during an interview on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show on Monday. While taking Ariel throihh a list of potential future opponents whixh included the likes of Georges St Pierre, Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley, the Notorious one through a rather unexpected name into the mix.
“I would be interested in an Anderson Silva bout,” McGregor said. “I swear to God. Anderson is a legend in the game. What’s the difference between him and Georges (St-Pierre)? Same damn thing. I’m going to do fights that interest me or have meaning.”
It seems his comments caught the attention of the Brazilian MMA legend, with Silva taking to instagram earlier today to respond to McGregor’s declaration of interest.
“It would be a great honor to test myself for “fighting” with Conor McGregor. He is an eclectic fighter, and has already proven that he has to be respected. Let’s make this happen!
The UFC wants super fights, I’m sure fans from all 4 corners of the world want to see this fight.
I professionally believe it would be awesome to test my martial skills with a fighter like Conor Mcgregor a real super fight! Now he is focused on his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, after this fight I am ready for this challenge! When and wherever he wants.”
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🤔👍🏾🤔👍🏾🤔👍🏾🤔👍🏾🤔 Seria uma grande honra me testar ”lutar” com Conor Mcgregor. Ele é um lutador eclético, e já provou que tem que ser respeitado. Vamos fazer isto acontecer! O UFC quer super lutas, tenho certeza que os fãs dos 4 cantos do mundo querem ver está luta. Eu profissionalmente acredito que seria incrível testar minhas habilidades marciais com um lutador como Conor Mcgregor uma super luta de verdade! Agora ele está focado na sua luta contra Khabib Nurmagomedov, depois dessa luta eu estou pronto para este desafio! Quando e onde ele quiser.
43-year-old Silva is currently serving an USADA enforced 12 month suspension following a tainted supplement related failed drugs test late last year but would be eligible to return to the UFC in November.
While admittedly a showdown with McGregor would be a big ask of a fighter who is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career and hasnt fought since February 2017, the promise of the inevitably enourmous payday and a chance to fight the biggest name in the sport seems to have captured Silva’s interest.
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