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The line to fight Conor McGregor next is already a long one. A rematch with either Nate Diaz or Jose Aldo or possibly a fresh fight against Frankie Edgar have all been discussed recently, however Anderson Silva has now thrown his name into the hate to fight McGregor.
Silva confirmed on Tuesday that it is a challenge he would like to accomplish before his career is done.
It’s a challenge that I would like to accomplish. I never asked anyone to face or fight anyone, but it is a challenge that would like to have, to test my martial arts skills against McGregor. Like that of a rematch against Nick Diaz and against Michael Bisping. I think McGregor is a great fighter standing but he didn’t do well in the last fight against Nate Diaz, and is a very difficult challenge, they (the Diaz brothers) have a lot of gas standing. Have to respect the loss to Diaz does not diminish his career, but they are opponents that would like to test my skills: McGregor, Nick Diaz, and again against Michael Bisping, because the fight ended in a way that was not nice – said “Spider” to Combate.com, in a telephone interview.
This talk may be all well and good, however McGregor has only ever fought as high as welterweight (170 lbs), where as Anderson Silva has never fought below middleweight (185 lbs) and often competed at light heavyweight (205 lbss). It looks like Silva should turn his eyes to a Bisping or Diaz rematch, because at this stage, a fight with McGregor seems impossible.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Adam Milstead & Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva