You can now add former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) to the growing list of fighters who want a piece of UFC lightweight champion and company cash cow Conor McGregor.
Silva, who faces Derek Brunson Saturday at UFC 208, said during a recent conference call that he believes he and McGregor could put on quite a show for MMA fans given their standup expertise.
“First of all, I respect a lot Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in UFC,” Silva stated. “I very respect Conor McGregor’s style. I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts technique.
“I don’t talk for disrespect to Conor, I just for challenge for myself and for the best standup fighting. I respect Conor. I think this is a great show, it’s a great fight for the rest of my life and rest of story of UFC.”
McGregor is the game’s biggest superstar, a moniker Silva donned for an extended period of time many moons ago. However, the man most pundits dubbed MMA’s GOAT before a mysterious blue vial from Thailand that was supposed to help Silva’s sexual performance caused him to flunk two drug tests for banned substances in 2015, hasn’t posted a win since plastering Stephan Bonnar 53 months ago at UFC 153.
Four straight losses later, with a no contest sandwiched in between courtesy of that whole mysterious blue vial thing, and Silva is now just a shell of his former self.
Silva turns 42 in April, so it’s understandable why he wants a piece of McGregor before calling it quits, and it has absolutely nothing to do with how his “martial arts technique” would fare against McGregor’s. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to ride off into the MMA sunset with one final cash grab.
The only problem for Silva is, it’s highly unlikely the UFC or McGregor will bite. Hence, co-headlining a struggling UFC 208 card against someone coming off a TKO loss.
McGregor, meanwhile, has bigger fish to fry than “The Spider” as he’s in the midst of a quasi-serious negotiation to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. and score $100 million plus a pay-per-view bonus.