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UFC legend Anderson Silva claims he wants to “beat this dwarf ” Conor McGregor before he retires.
Silva also pretended not to remember the two-weight world champion’s name.
The Spider is due to face Derek Brunson at UFC 208, but a fight with McGregor would guarantee one of the biggest gate receipts and PPV events in UFC history.
The 41 year old middleweight holds the UFC record for the longest title streak (2,457 days), but admitted that the weight difference between the two fighters could be a stumbling block.
McGregor’s most natural weight is probably 155lbs – although he fought Nate Diaz at 168lbs – whereas Silva usually weighs in at 185lbs.
“Oh, I want to beat this dwarf … what’s the boy’s name again? McGregor,” Silva told Globo TV in Brazil.
“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.”
The prospect of the fight – which will excite MMA fans around the world – would hinge on agreeing on a catchweight, which would likely require McGregor to jump to 180lbs.
However, the Dubliner is currently on hiatus, and is expected to face the winner of the UFC209 bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.