Conor McGregor has received a fresh fight message from UFC legend Anderson Silva. Late last month, McGregor was called out by the former long-reigning middleweight champion.
Silva, who first made his desire to face the Irishman known four years ago, reiterated his eagerness to take part in a super-fight with the former two-division champion on Instagram.
McGregor, surprisingly, accepted Silva’s call out, which raised plenty of eyebrows amongst fight fans and his colleagues.
The initial prospect of a showdown between the pair was dismissed due to Silva being a long-time resident of the middleweight division, two weight classes above the lightweight division.
The Brazilian, however, has since revealed he’s willing to cut to 176lbs to take on the UFC’s poster boy, whose last fight was in the welterweight division.
I’m starting to cut my weight
And according to the future Hall-of-Famer, he’s already begun cutting weight incase the bout comes to fruition.
“I talked about my super fight with Conor, and I’m starting to cut my weight,” Silva said in a video he sent to his former rival Chael Sonnen.
“And for no excuse and for everybody talking about, “Oh but Anderson don’t take the weight and blah blah blah.”
“Ok, I start training and I’m ready for that. Conor ready too.
“And it’s a one thing, just Dana White, I need to make this fight real. Let’s go see.”
Although a fight between McGregor and Silva would do big business, UFC president Dana White isn’t interested in booking the contest.
“It’s not a fight that I’m interested in right now,” White told when asked about a potential McGregor vs. Silva match-up. “Listen, everybody’s in quarantine, right? They can’t go to the gym. They can’t go to restaurants.
“So they sit on these stupid things all day. Conor and I have not talked about fighting.”
He added: “If you’re Conor, sitting at home, everybody is calling you out, in every weight division. Who’s next? I’m waiting for [heavyweight] Daniel Cormier to call him out, you know? Conor, his personality, he’s going to respond to that.
“I’m not interested in anybody right now for Conor. I think what works for Conor right now is for him to sit back and relax.”
McGregor, 31, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his UFC 246 demolition of Donald Cerrone in January.
Silva, meanwhile, last fought last May at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Jared Cannonier.
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