UFC legend Anderson Silva has long been lobbying to fight former Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, and now it sounds like the Irish superstar is willing to step into the octagon. While the fight has not been made official by UFC boss Dana White, McGregor informally accepted the challenge in a simple post on social media. McGregor is arguably the most popular fighter in the UFC and was considered the most dominant until his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. Silva has been considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time and held the Middleweight Championship for 7 years and 16 successful title defenses.
Silva made his case for a McGregor matchup most recently on social media, saying it would be a superfight if UFC can make it happen.
"I have immense admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe that a super fight would go down in the history of the sport," Silva said. "Neither of us need to prove anything to anyone. I believe that fans of the UFC and of this sport would like to watch this great martial arts spectacle, it would be fantastic to test my martial arts skills against him!!"
I accept. https://t.co/HYqF132EvZ— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 28, 2020
When McGregor saw the post, he commented, saying "I accept."
This would be a big fight, but like Silva said, neither has anything to prove in this match. This would just be a dream match type scenario, as UFC has eyed other fighters like Khabib, Nate Diaz, and Tony Ferguson to name a few that Conor should take on next to continue his forward momentum.
Conor has said he thinks Silva should go down as the greatest UFC fighter ever in the past, so the respect is definitely there, and like the match with Floyd Mayweather, the fans would tune in. That said, Silva has lost 4 of his last 5 fights, so this might not be the all-out brawl some would dream of between the two that might've taken place earlier in Silva's career. Even so, fans still want to see it happen.2comments
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