Plenty of fighters have said they want to throw down with Conor McGregor, and now you can add Anderson Silva to that list. How would that work though? You’re probably asking? Since Silva competes at 185? Read on…
Silva has been making the media rounds lately, as he’s booked to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 198 on May 14th. Recently the legendary fighter spoke to Combate, and while doing so, Silva said this about Mr. McGregor (quote via FOX Sports):
That’s a challenge I would like to do. I’ve never asked to fight anybody, but I would like to test my martial arts skills against Conor McGregor. I would like that and a rematch with Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping. I think McGregor is a great striker, but he didn’t do very well in his last fight because he played into Nate Diaz’s game and that’s really hard. The Diaz brothers have a lot of gas. You have to respect him, the loss to Diaz doesn’t diminish his career at all. These are the fighters I would like to fight. McGregor, Diaz and Bisping because that fight did not end nicely.
There you have it. In a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, it reported that Silva would cut to 180, as a means to face McGregor in a catch-weight bout. While there’s no question this would be huge, and McGregor has said he felt great competing at 170 (issues putting away Nate Diaz aside), it’s kind of hard to imagine him fighting Silva at that weight no? Silva is 6’2. McGregor is 5’9, and has competed at 145 and 155 for the majority of his career.
So what about Silva cutting down to say 170? Well, that seems like a huge stretch, if not impossible at this stage. Even 175 seems very, very unlikely. But, hey, if McGregor’s willing to face “The Spider” at 180 then why not right?