I figure while we’re on the topic of stupid fights that will never happen, like this one, we should also continue the conversation about ex-UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, fighting former two-division kingpin, Conor McGregor.
We can blame “Notorious” for that, as the power-punching Irishman recently told the combat sports media that he would be interested in a striking showdown opposite the Brazilian legend, which is all the already-interested “Spider” needed to hear before launching a “Notorious” fight campaign, continuing during one of his recent Instagram live chats.
MMA Fighting transcribes:
”I’m waiting for the UFC about my next fight, and I’m training hard,” Silva said in English. “I accepted the challenge (from) Conor McGregor, but never (discussed) about this fight (with the UFC). But I’m ready, guys. I’m here, I’m training every day. I never lose my focus. I’m waiting for my next challenge.”
In the end, Silva in Portuguese that he thinks McGregor “is afraid to lose, supposedly, to an old man, but I’m here.”
Silva turned 43 back in April.
I suppose anyone willing to fight the best pugilist in boxing, followed by the best grappler in MMA, is likely not afraid to face anyone. Perhaps the idea here is that McGregor gets wind of the “scared” comments and (cough) “claps back,” leading to an ongoing Twitter war that soon becomes so out-of-control, the promotion is forced to book the fight.
With his drug-suspension wrapped up, Silva (34-8, 1 NC) can finally return to the Octagon just as soon as UFC can find him an opponent, a place he hasn’t seen since early 2017. That’s when “The Spider” squeaked by Derek Brunson by way of unanimous decision at UFC 208.