Not you too, Anderson.
Add former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva to the laundry list of fighters on the roster who are chomping at the bit to pick a fight against current Lightweight champion and all-around mega-star, Conor McGregor.
"The Spider" recently spoke to Globo (via champions.co) declaring that before his storied career comes to an end, he wants to test himself against the "dwarf" that has unusual abilities. And I can’t tell if that’s a compliment or an insult.
"Now that I’m old, I’m beginning to challenge everyone. Oh, I want to beat this dwarf … what’s the boy’s name again? McGregor. It is not provocation. It’s just that I forget, I’m old. Old men know what it’s like. I have this urge to test myself against him. I think he’s a guy who has an unusual ability. I do not know if he would reach a weight of 81, 82 kg, which is the weight I can get to, but it’s a guy I’d like to test myself before I end my career."
While it’s highly unlikely McGregor would make the huge leap to compete at a Catchweight of 178 pounds, the fight simply doesn’t make sense on any level. After all, we saw what happened when "Notorious" tried to take on a man three times his size, so a match up against the greatest to ever compete in the sport — who would outweigh him by at least 25 pounds come fight night — would be a huge mismatch.
What would move Silva to ask for such a fight is beyond me. After all, it’s not like he's hurting for money and his legacy is pretty much set in stone, so a win over a much smaller man wouldn't elevate it further. For now, Silva will stick to fighting men his size as he has been pegged to face off against Derek Brunson at the upcoming UFC 208 pay-per-view (PPV) event on February 11, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York.