Over the span of his illustrious career, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has seldom name-dropped opponents in order to angle for opportunities.
On Wednesday, however, “The Spider” proposed the idea of a 176.37-pound superfight against former UFC double champion Conor McGregor on his official Instagram page.
Silva (34-10 MMA, 17-6 UFC) respectfully pitched the fight, calling it ‘historic’ and ‘a great martial (arts) show (translation via Google Translate).
“I have an immense admiration for the great athlete Conor and I believe that a super fight would be something historic for the sport, neither of us need to prove anything to anyone; I believe UFC and sport fans would like to see this great martial (arts) show, testing my martial skills with him would be fantastic!!”
For the record, the odd weight limit translates to 80 kilograms, so if the UFC is interested (however unlikely), perhaps a more fan-friendly 177-pound limit could be implemented.
Silva, 45, recently underwent knee surgery as a result of an injury sustained in his most recent fight against Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in May 2019. Silva has only won one fight since losing his title in July 2013 – a controversial split decision over Derek Brunson.
As for McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), the Irish superstar made a triumphant return in January, finishing Donald Cerrone with strikes in 40 seconds.
Since the victory, McGregor has spent time advocating for pandemic safety, while angling for his next matchup. In a recent Twitter thread, McGregor rattled off who he thinks should be considered the greatest MMA fighters of all time. Silva’s name was atop McGregor’s list, though the Irishman vowed to dethrone the Brazilian before his career was up.
Check out Silva’s full Instagram post below: