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Anderson Silva could have faced Conor McGregor, with the Brazilian claiming he and the Irishman agreed the details of a fight before UFC turned it down.
UFC legend Silva has claimed that the promotion owe him a 'super fight' after they scuppered the chances of him having a 'red panty day,' against McGregor.
Speaking to Combate.com, the former UFC middleweight champion revealed the agreement he had with McGregor for a fight at welterweight.
"UFC owes me a super fight by contract. Conor [McGregor] called me out right after my fight with [Israel] Adesanya.
"Our team talked to his team and we agreed upon a bout at [170 pounds], but something happened and UFC decided to not make it."
Silva fought Adesanya at UFC 234 in February 2019 at a time when McGregor was still suspended from the sport but only had a few months left of his ban, which came from his conduct after the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Notorious did eventually return to action in January of this year, beating Donald Cerrone in around 40 seconds, but has since retired, despite saying he'd fight three times this year.
It's the third time that the former two weight UFC champion has retired from the sport so no one knows if it'll actually stick, but Dana White has said he won't be back in the octagon this year.
There is some hope, where previously there wasn't any, that he could earn a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian has said he'll fight his fierce rival, if McGregor can beat Dustin Poirier.
Continuing on the subject the 45-year-old said that Anthony Pettis had also offered him a fight he was interested in, adding, "Then Anthony Pettis proposed that super fight, and I liked it because he was already a champion who has impressive knockouts. Of course, it would be a great super fight.
"At this point of my career and for all my legacy it doesn't make any sense to face new talents that are entering the game now.
"I don't want to be a 'step' for the new generation. I want to face relevant champions for the sport. And definitely Pettis is a great challenge that will make me train a lot."
The Spider has lost six of his most recent eight fights, with one no contest, and hasn't fought since losing to Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in May 2019.
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