Anderson Silva angling for superfight with Conor McGregor

Anderson Silva angling for superfight with Conor McGregor

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – a fighter is calling out Conor McGregor. The list of mixed martial artists, and boxers, to call out “The Notorious” one is at an all-time high. Well that list just added an all-time great in Anderson Silva.

While we recently reported that “The Spider” has his sights set on Hollywood, he’s currently trying to script the details to a showdown with McGregor at some point.

Anderson Silva angling for superfight with Conor McGregorThere is one little plot hole to that script, however. Silva is the former middleweight champion, a division that operates at 185lbs. McGregor is, depending on who you ask, the current lightweight or, again depending on who you ask, two-weight champion. Those two weights sit at 155lbs and 145lbs, a far cry from the 185lbs that Silva fights at.

Catchweight bouts are rarely seen on the men’s side of the sport. Cris Cyborg has had two fights in the UFC at a catchweight of 140lbs, but that’s really about it.

Silva believes, however, that they could potentially make a welterweight showdown come to fruition. While speaking at a UFC 208 media scrum in Brazil, The Spider laid out his plans:

“I’d like to test myself against Conor because he’s an interesting martial artist. His stand-up game is an intelligent game. Not because he’s champion now, but for the martial arts challenge. I’d like to see how these stand-up techniques, his and mine, would mix, and how that would go. But not to fight for a belt or anything like that. For the challenge, an interest, that thing about knowing how a fight like this would go.”

But what about that little detail about the difference in weight?

“I believe he can make 176, 178 pounds, right? That’s a weight I can get. We started this work and I got to 174, but we thought it would be better now to do these tests. There was no fight booked, we made 174, and Master Camoes said ‘man, you don’t need this, you’re fine, so go back to your division.’ I know I can make 174 now, but my team and my doctor, Marcio Tannure, decided to stay in my division.”

McGregor seems quite busy at the moment with Floyd Mayweather and Silva has his own task ahead of him in the form of Derek Brunson at UFC 208. So the chances of this script having a happy ending for Silva are pretty slim. But you can never count out the Hollywood ending.