Conor McGregor has accepted Anderson Silva’s call out for blockbuster catchweight fight. Future Hall-of-Famer Silva has held an interest in fighting the UFC’s poster boy for several years now.
The former long-reigning middleweight champion has made no secret about his eagerness to fight ‘The Notorious’, who he’s called out on social media on multiple occasions.
Silva did so again early on Thursday morning, writing on Instagram: “I have a huge admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe this super-fight would be something historic for the sport, neither of us has anything else to prove.
“I believe UFC and (MMA) fans would like to watch this great martial spectacle, testing my martial skills against him would be fantastic.”
Silva’s latest call out of McGregor was, unsurprisingly, brushed off by most mixed martial arts fans.
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Silva’s call for a catchweight bout with McGregor, which he wants to take place at 176lbs (80kg), came less than a week after the former two-division champion anointed the ‘The Spider’ the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Silva’s eagerness to face the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion, however, hasn’t stemmed from the accolade bestowed upon him by the Irishman.
“The UFC wants super fights, I’m sure fans from all over the world want to see this fight,” Silva said days before McGregor’s UFC 229 clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
“Professionally, I believe it would be incredible to test my martial arts abilities with a fighter like Conor McGregor in a true super fight. He’s focused on fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov now, after this fight I’m ready for this challenge. When and where he wants.”
McGregor, 31, returned from a 15-month layoff in January in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas, where he locked horns with Donald Cerrone in a welterweight match-up.
‘The Notorious’ decimated Cerrone in 40 seconds to claim his first victory in over three years and become the first fighter in UFC history to secure stoppage wins in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions.
McGregor has set his sights on two more fights this year, with a July return currently his preference for the second outing of his 2020 “season”.
Ireland’s first UFC champion has set his sights on a clash with Justin Gaethje, although the newly-crowned interim lightweight champion’s crosshairs are firmly fixed on a unification fight with undisputed titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.