McGregor accepts challenge to ‘historic’ UFC Superfight… but Dana isn’t so keen

UFC star Conor McGregor has accepted Anderson Silva’s challenge and agreed to a historic 176-pound (80kg) super-fight — as much as one can do that with two words on social media instead of a legitimate contract.

Brazilian legend Silva, 45, called out the Irish southpaw online to test their “martial skills” against each other.

In response, McGregor simply said: “I accept.”

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The challenge came after McGregor named middleweight icon Silva as the greatest MMA fighter of all time on Twitter.

“I have a huge admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe this superfight would be something historic for the sport, neither of us has anything else to prove,” Silva wrote on Instagram.

“I believe UFC and (MMA) fans would like to watch this great martial spectacle, testing my martial skills against him would be fantastic.”

UFC president Dana White, however, isn’t so keen and wants McGregor to be more patient.

“I think what Conor needs to do is sit back, let a lot of these fights start rolling … and see what plays out for him,” he said to ESPN.

McGregor, a former featherweight and lightweight champion, has never fought higher than the 170-pound (77kg) welterweight limit.

But he appeared to suggest he would be willing to fight Silva at middleweight, as he tweeted: “185! Rock in like Rousimar.”

Meanwhile, Silva has predominately fought in the 185-pound (84kg) middleweight division while having three light-heavyweight fights.

But McGregor appears to be momentarily frozen out of the lightweight picture, with Justin Gaethje due to unify his interim title against champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Notorious – who won his comeback bout at welterweight in January – then looked to have turned his attention to 170-pound king Kamaru Usman.

McGregor is in line to face the winner between unbeaten Nurmagomedov and Gaethje, though Silva has offered a fight to take while he waits.

It is not the first time the fight has been discussed with both men confirming their interest in facing each other in the past.

After Silva lost to Israel Adesanya, McGregor tweeted in February: “Anderson is one crafty, crafty Martial Artist. You only develop these methods through years of hard fought experience. Phenomenal performance. The crafty veteran. Big respect always. It would be an honour!”

This article first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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