Silva appreciates the respect shown by McGregor and has now called out McGregor for a fight, which Silva did via Instagram:
SUPER ----FIGHT 176.37LBS Tenho uma imensa admiração pelo grande atleta Conor e acredito que um super fight seria algo histórico para o esporte, nem um de nós precisa provar mais nada a ninguém; acredito que os fãs do ufc e do esporte gostariam de ver este grande espetáculo marcial, testar minhas habilidades marciais com ele seria fantástico!! I have immense admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe that a super fight would go down in the history of the sport, neither of us need to prove anything to anyone; I believe that fans of the UFC and of this sport would like to watch this great martial arts spectacle, it would be fantastic to test my martial arts skills against him!!
The former middleweight champion wants the potential fight to be held at a catchweight of 176 pounds, which would be the lightest that Silva has fought at in the UFC and the heaviest that McGregor has fought at in the UFC. Silva is coming off of knee surgery suffered after a loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC 237, while McGregor is coming off of a victory over Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246.
A short time after Silva made the challenge, it would be accepted by McGregor through Twitter:
I accept. https://t.co/HYqF132EvZ— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 28, 2020