Silva Wants Bout with McGregor

Anderson Silva will undoubtedly go down as one of the best fighters and middleweight champions in the history of UFC, and all of MMA for that matter. But the former champion at 185 wants one more thing off his bucket list before calling it a career.

He wants one bout with The Notorious.

Silva told FOX Sports that he does not want to fight Conor McGregor because he despises him or his character. Rather, he wants to fight the UFC lightweight champion to test himself out against one of the more modern day faces of UFC.

"First of all, I respect a lot Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in the UFC. Because I’m very respectful of Conor McGregor’s style. I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts techniques," Silva said. "I don’t talk to disrespect Conor. I do it for challenge, for myself and the best stand-up fighting. I respect Conor and I think this is a great show, it’s a great fight for the rest of my life."

Of course, it might be difficult for this fight to happen based on their respective weight classes. Silva primarily fights at middleweight, but a couple of his more recent bouts — including his UFC 200 non-title bout with Daniel Cormier — have come at light heavyweight. McGregor primarily fought at featherweight before moving to lightweight, along with a couple of bouts with Nate Diaz at welterweight. Silva did fight at welterweight very early in his career, so technically this bout is possible if Silva can adjust to that weight or McGregor steps up again.

There is also the matter that Silva is 41, so presumably his career is finishing up, even though he did sign a 15-fight contract with the UFC prior to facing Nick Diaz in 2015. However, despite being winless in five straight bouts, Silva says he feels too good right now to consider retirement.

"I’m so happy because in my heart I have energy. I have a lot of energy,” Silva said. “In my mind and in my heart and I talked to my family and my family gives me support to finish my contract in the UFC. I think I have the energy to fight for more years. I think maybe six or seven years but I have energy. This is more important. I have energy. I have passion and I love my job."

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