Conor McGregor may be one of the brashest fighters in MMA, and has repeatedly trash talked Brazilian stars like Jose Aldo and Rafael dos Anjos, but Anderson Silva doesn’t have any issues with the star.
Recently Silva was asked to comment on McGregor, who just recently, found out he’d fight Nate Diaz and not RDA on March 5th. The former middleweight champ told Combate the following (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“He is a very controversial guy. A really smart guy, too. Intelligence is his main asset, but he trains hard, too. He has all my respect and he deserves respect from all of us because he has shown us why he’s here,” said Silva.
Even if you’re not a McGregor fan, there’s no question he’s a master of mental warfare and is a ridiculously talented fighter. Has he been fully vetted yet? Maybe not. But as Silva noted, he’s backed up all the talk.