Conor McGregor ACCEPTS Anderson Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs on Twitter after being called out by Brazilian – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR has accepted Anderson Silva's call-out and agreed to a historic 176lbs super-fight.

Brazilian legend Silva, 45, challenged the Irish southpaw online to test their "martial skills" against each other.

In response, McGregor simply said: "I accept."

The humble challenge followed after The Notorious named the middleweight icon as the Greatest Of All Time on Twitter.

Silva wrote on Instagram: “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.

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

McGregor, a former featherweight and lightweight champion, has never fought higher than the 170lb 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 campaigned in the 185lb 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 170lb king Kamaru Usman.

But with McGregor in line to face the winner between unbeaten Khabib and Gaethje, Silva has taken the opportunity to offer the Irish southpaw a wildcard option while he waits.

And 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 honor!”


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SUPER 👊🏾FIGHT 176.37LBS Tenho uma imensa admiração pelo grande atleta Conor e acredito que um super fight seria algo histórico para o esporte, nem um de nós precisa provar mais nada a ninguém; acredito que os fãs do ufc e do esporte gostariam de ver este grande espetáculo marcial, testar minhas habilidades marciais com ele seria fantástico!! I have immense admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe that a super fight would go down in the history of the sport, neither of us need to prove anything to anyone; I believe that fans of the UFC and of this sport would like to watch this great martial arts spectacle, it would be fantastic to test my martial arts skills against him!!

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SUPER 👊🏾FIGHT176.37LBS Tenho uma imensa admiração pelo grande atleta Conor e acredito que um super fight seria algo histórico para o esporte, nem um de nós precisa provar mais nada a ninguém; acredito que os fãs do ufc e do esporte gostariam de ver este grande espetáculo marcial, testar minhas habilidades marciais com ele seria fantástico!! Ihave immense admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe that a super fight would go down in the history of the sport, neither of us need to prove anything to anyone; I believe that fans of the UFC and of this sport would like to watch this great martial arts spectacle, it would be fantastic to test my martial arts skills against him!!

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