Conor McGregor would be a massive challenge for Anderson Silva
The veteran middleweight has been talking up the prospect of fighting UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor in recent weeks.
And ahead of his bout with Derek Brunson at UFC 208 this Saturday, Silva has revealed why he wants get in the Octagon with the Irishman.
"I respect a lot Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in UFC," Silva said.
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"[I want to fight him] because I’m very respectful of Conor McGregor’s style.
"I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts techniques.
"And I don’t talk to disrespect Conor.
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"I do it for challenge, for myself and for the best stand-up fighting.
"I respect Conor and I think this is the great fight for the rest of my life.
"And the rest of my story in UFC."
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McGregor is currently taking a break from action ahead of the birth of his first child this summer.
In his last bout, the 28-year-old made history by beating Eddie Alvarez and becoming the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.
But McGregor looks unlikely to fight in MMA next as he and Floyd Mayweather trade public blows over a potential boxing clash.
The UFC star has obtained a boxing licence in California and unbeaten boxer Mayweather has admitted that he could come out of retirement to face him.
If the fight does get made, it would put the brakes on any potential McGregor v Silva bout.