Anderson Silva wants catchweight fight with Conor McGregor: “I really want to test myself against him”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Anderson Silva (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today Sports)

Anderson Silva is returning to action at UFC 198 in Brazil, but while he’s got a scheduled fight set against Uriah Hall, he’s already looking forward to future fights.

The former UFC Middleweight Champion said last week that he’d like a fight against current UFC Featherweight Champion and weight-class jumper Conor McGregor.

“I’ve never fought thinking of money. I really want to test myself against him,” Silva said about McGregor at the UFC 198 pre-fight press conference (via “I think he’s a great athlete. I think he’s got great skills. Even though I’ve got my focus on my next opponent, I’d like to test myself against him. I never fought in the weight classes below, only when I was much younger in Shooto, 73 kilos if I’m not mistaken. But for me to test myself it would be an interesting fight.”

Silva lost a slightly questionable decision against Michael Bisping in February, just over a year after his win over Nick Diaz, which was overturned to a no contest due to multiple failed drug tests.

Penick’s Analysis: Silva never wound up cutting down to fight Georges St-Pierre, and it’s hard to imagine he winds up doing so to make a McGregor fight come together. On top of that, there’s such a ridiculous size disparity in that matchup so as to make it entirely unrealistic. Silva can talk about it plenty, it’s just not a fight that’s ever actually going to happen.

[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]

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