Anderson Silva wants fight with Conor McGregor, discusses future after MMA

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Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor
Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor

Former UFC champion Anderson Silva is in preparations for his bout with Berek Brunson on UFC 208. He holds the record for the longest streak in the history of the UFC, but he hasn’t had his hands raised in triumph since that record was broken in 2013.

Anderson Silva last won against Stephan Bonnar on October 2012. He was initially declared victorious against Nick Diaz in 2015, but the decision was overturned after he tested positive for Drostanolone Androsterone. The fight was eventually ruled a No Contest after Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

Anderson Silva may well be into the final phases of his fight career. But just like being in a real fight itself, he already has his sights on what to do next, always trying to stay on top of the competition.

Anderson Silva after MMA

“My biggest dream, right now, is to maybe win an Oscar,” Silva said in a report by BloodyElbow, after explaining that his dream is to pursue an acting career once he’s done with mixed martial arts. He also shared the good news about a script he wrote that Netflix bought.

“I got some auditions to do in Hollywood. I wrote a script for a series and Netflix bought it, thank God. I got other projects apart from fighting. It was always my dream to become an action movie actor. I have been studying that for a while and now things are finally happening.”

Silva says that he doesn’t take things as seriously as he used to. Whenever he fights nowadays, he prefers to relish the enjoyment and makes sure to have fun. But, before he exits for good, he still has one super fight in mind.

Anderson Silva vs Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has a long list of opponents to deal with. That list may even not be limited to those in the UFC or MMA, but also in other sports like boxing and wrestling. It comes as no surprise that Anderson Silva, too, wants an opportunity to share the Octagon with the brash Irishman.

“I’d like to test myself against Conor McGregor because he’s an interesting martial artist,” Anderson Silva told MMA Fighting, explaining as if dealing with an academic subject. “His stand-up game is an intelligent game. Not because he’s champion now, but for the martial arts challenge.”

It’s also noteworthy that his striking is one of the things that drive many MMA fans to believe that Conor McGregor stands a chance in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. “I’d like to see how these stand-up techniques, his and mine, would mix, and how that would go. But not to fight for a belt or anything like that. For the challenge, an interest, that thing about knowing how a fight like this would go.”

But how far is he from the list of Conor McGregor’s possible opponents? Furthermore, it is interesting to know at what weight would both fighters meet. “I believe he can make 176, 178 pounds, right? That’s a weight I can get,” Silva said of Conor McGregor. “We started this work and I got to 174, but we thought it would be better now to do these tests.”

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