hasn’t won a fight since losing the middleweight belt to in July 2013, but that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying MMA. In fact, the former reigning middleweight champion fights for fun now and recently mentioned interest in a superfight.
I’d like to test myself against Conor because he’s an interesting martial artist. His stand-up game is an intelligent game. Not because he’s champion now, but for the martial arts challenge. I’d like to see how these stand-up techniques, his and mine, would mix, and how that would go. But not to fight for a belt or anything like that. For the challenge, an interest, that thing about knowing how a fight like this would go.
Silva currently competes at 185-pounds, however, the Brazilian believes he can still cut down to a weight where both fighters are comfortable.
I believe he can make 176, 178 pounds, right? That’s a weight I can get. We started this work and I got to 174, but we thought it would be better now to do these tests.
There was no fight booked, we made 174, and master (Rogerio) Camoes said ‘man, you don’t need this, you’re fine, so go back to your division.’ I know I can make 174 now, but my team and my doctor, Marcio Tannure, decided to stay in my division.
Before any superfight happens, “The Spider” will meet Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, on February 11, 2017. Stay tuned to for much more updates to come.