Former two division champion Conor McGregor recently revealed that he would like to fight former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva one day, a bout that Silva has also expressed interest in.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would not only be interested in watching the super fight, but would bet everything he had that Silva would walk away victorious.
“I think it’s a super fight!” Nogueira said to Combate. “Conor McGregor knows how to control distance well, but Anderson does it like nobody else. Derek Brunson is aggressive, knows how to close the distance, but couldn’t do anything against Anderson. The grappling aspect would be Anderson’s biggest obstacle. It would be a beautiful fight between two talented athletes who know how to punch and kick. Anderson can get to 176 pounds, and McGregor would have to pump some iron. I would bet my house and car on Anderson, he would knock him out. Anderson masters distance like nobody else. They’re both southpaws, Anderson is good with counters and McGregor is good at straight punches. It would sell. Anderson knows how to play the trash talking game. If he needs to put on that mask, he will.”
If the fight were to happen, it would be the first time that McGregor has fought over 170 pounds, while Silva has been a mainstay at both middleweight and light heavyweight.
It could be awhile before the fight even happens because Silva is still serving a USADA issued suspension for a failed drug test, while McGregor is awaiting punishment for the UFC 229 post-fight brawl with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.