Would it be racist to say that everyone’s chasing the leprechaun and his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow these days?
Conor McGregor, two division champion, Light and Feather weight titles – highest paid fighter in MMA and all around bad ass that says what he means, and means what he says. Lately it seems like everyone’s trailing the bandwagon or getting on it, because everyone wants to fight McGregor, EVEN ANDERSON SILVA.
Anderson Silva – Greatest of all Time, most dominant middleweight champion, one of the most dominant champions in history – period. The ‘Spider’, who struck fear into the heart of man; he who crushed Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Yushin Okami, Chael Sonnen, Damien Maia – the list may be endless. Now he wants McGregor. This is the G.O.A.T we’re talking about here, someone who has fought in Light Heavyweight and Middleweight most of his life (Welterweight too) and now, he wants to fight a Featherweight in Conor McGregor.
Does the Irishman command THIS much respect that even Silva would want a piece of him?
Silva explained this desire in a recent interview:
“Now that I’m old, I’m beginning to challenge everyone. Oh, I want to beat this dwarf… what’s the boy’s name again? McGregor. It is not provocation. It’s just that I forget, I’m old. Old men know what it’s like. I have this urge to test myself against him. I think he’s a guy who has an unusual ability. I do not know if he would reach a weight of 81, 82 kg, which is the weight I can get to, but it’s a guy I’d like to test myself before I end my career. I think it would be a great fight for the world of fights and UFC history.”
Asked about what he thinks of a McGregor and Mayweather boxing match, he replied:
“I think everybody has a chance,” the middleweight legend explained. “When you step inside [the ring] to fight, you have a chance. Of course if you’re fighting Mayweather, people would say ‘oh, McGregor won’t last a round,’ but we never know.”
“The movement is different [in boxing], how you have your feet on the ground is different, the timing is different [in] boxing. The only way to see is putting them to fight. He would have to stop at least a year to be able to do a close fight, and I believe he should do it.”
Strange – but to many of us fight fans, some would believe that McGregor is below the Spider. But if anything, Conor has definitely backed his words in and out of the octagon – and he is a force to be reckoned with. I was personally anti-McGregor, until I saw what he did to Eddie Alvarez – a TRUE competitor of the sport. Like a hot knife through butter he swiftly dispatched the ex-lightweight champ. Could a possible meetup for a catchweight bout spell the same for Anderson?