Following Silva’s (34-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC) unanimous decision loss to Israel Adesanya (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) on Saturday in the UFC 234 main event, McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) took to social media and expressed interest in fighting the legendary Brazilian.
It’s not the first time talk of the former UFC middleweight champion fighting the former lightweight and featherweight titleholder has come up. White was asked about the possibility post-fight at UFC 234, though, and quickly poured cold water on it.
“Did he really (say he wants Anderson)?” White said after the event. “No, I don’t like that fight at all.”
UFC 234 took place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
Although Silva vs. McGregor seems like a dream fight on paper because of the name value of both athletes, both men appear to be headed in different directions at this point.
Silva said he hopes to have a quick turnaround and fight at May’s UFC 237 event in Brazil – ideally in a rematch against Nick Diaz. McGregor could be headed toward a summer date with Donald Cerrone.
What the future holds remains to be seen, but if given the opportunity, Silva would definitely like to share the octagon with McGregor.
“At this point in my career and in Conor’s career, it’s a very interesting doing something special for the fans,” Silva said. “I think a superfight, me and Conor, is very interesting. We’ll see. The future inside the UFC is very interesting because everything changes fast. I’m ready to come back to fight.”