Anderson Silva Reveals He Was In Talks To Struggle Conor McGregor
It was introduced this week that Anderson Silva will face Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 in February. Nonetheless, ‘The Spider’ has revealed that he was in talks about dealing with Conor McGregor earlier than his struggle in Melbourne was confirmed.
The previous pound-for-pound advised ESPN that he was in talks with the UFC a couple of struggle with Conor McGregor, after the Dubliner referred to as out Silva throughout an interview with Ariel Helwani earlier than his UFC 229 bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
He additionally spoke a couple of potential match-up with Georges St. Pierre in what has at all times been a dream struggle for followers.
“At first, I talked to Dana a couple of struggle with McGregor, as a result of McGregor challenged me. Perhaps that shall be my second struggle after this layoff. We’ll see.” Silva stated.
“That’s an attention-grabbing struggle, however Georges has by no means come to simply accept the problem. Georges simply runs, runs, runs, It’s loopy. I don’t assume Georges needs the struggle – however that’s OK. I respect Georges.
“He is a superb fighter. Perhaps he simply has a unique view – to take straightforward fights. That’s not me. I wish to take the large challenges in my life.
“Georges may be very fortunate and really good. He by no means goes to take a struggle if it’s not straightforward. That’s the purpose. Georges, for me, is a superb fighter, however he by no means takes the true challenges in life. That’s my opinion. I respect him, however that’s my opinion.”
Silva revealed that he wasn’t certain on whether or not he would settle for the struggle, nevertheless, the promise of a shot at middleweight gold for the winner was too good a possibility to show down.
“This can be a nice problem for me,” Silva stated.
“My total life, since I began martial arts, I’ve taken the perfect problem. Israel is a younger man and the way forward for the game. Everyone is speaking about Israel. I believe that is the perfect struggle within the sport.
“Dana got here to Los Angeles to speak to me. I stated to him, ‘Why am I going to take this struggle?’ And Dana stated, ‘You understand, you win this struggle, you go to the title belt.’ I stated, ‘OK, now you’re speaking good enterprise for me.’”
Till a profitable struggle with both McGregor or St. Pierre involves fruition, Silva should occupy himself with the menace that’s posed by Israel Adesanya, the person many imagine to be ‘The subsequent Anderson Silva’.
“I knew once I noticed Israel, wow, this boy is superb and can have profession on this sport,” Silva stated.
“That is an incredible problem.”