Over the span of his illustrious profession, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has seldom name-dropped opponents as a way to angle for alternatives.

On Wednesday, nevertheless, “The Spider” proposed the concept of a 176.37-pound superfight in opposition to former UFC double champion Conor McGregor on his official Instagram web page.

Silva (34-10 MMA, 17-6 UFC) respectfully pitched the combat, calling it ‘historic’ and ‘a fantastic martial (arts) present (translation through Google Translate).

“I’ve an immense admiration for the nice athlete Conor and I imagine {that a} tremendous combat could be one thing historic for the game, neither of us must show something to anybody; I imagine UFC and sport followers want to see this nice martial (arts) present, testing my martial abilities with him could be incredible!!”

For the file, the odd weight restrict interprets to 80 kilograms, so if the UFC is (nevertheless unlikely), maybe a extra fan-friendly 177-pound restrict might be applied.

Silva, 45, not too long ago underwent knee surgical procedure because of an harm sustained in his most up-to-date combat in opposition to Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in Might 2019. Silva has solely gained one combat since shedding his title in July 2013 – a controversial break up resolution over Derek Brunson.

As for McGregor (22-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC), the Irish famous person made a triumphant return in January, ending Donald Cerrone with strikes in 40 seconds.

For the reason that victory, McGregor has hung out advocating for pandemic security, whereas angling for his subsequent matchup. In a current Twitter thread, McGregor rattled off who he thinks must be thought-about the best MMA fighters of all time. Silva’s title was atop McGregor’s checklist, although the Irishman vowed to dethrone the Brazilian earlier than his profession was up.

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