Conor McGregor Names His MMA GOAT After Announcing Retirement
Conor McGregor believes he would beat Anderson Silva if they fought but says he wouldn't get any credit for doing so.
The Irishman was called out by the UFC legend for a fight at 176.37lbs and accepted the superfight challenge.
The interaction between the pair came shortly after McGregor named the Brazilian, the longest reigning champion in UFC history, as the MMA GOAT - though McGregor himself did then state he was second or "tied first".
A number of future opponents have been mooted for McGregor going forward but it's only a bout with 'The Spider' that excites him.
While he is in doubt he would beat Silva, the Notorious fighter thinks he would get no credit as the 45-year old former middleweight champion would be deemed "over the hill".
"There's nothing there for me," McGregor told Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
"I'm trying to get excited. I'm trying my best. And when the Anderson one came along, I was like, yeah, s**t, that's a mad fight. And then everyone said he's old and over the hill. I was, like, What? Fighting a former light heavyweight and the middleweight GOAT, and the actual GOAT in my eyes, that's not a rewardable fight?
"And you know, you're actually right. It wouldn't be rewarded. I would go in there and put him away, Ariel, and then what would happen? They'd say he's old and he's over the hill and he's past his prime and all."
Dana White has gone on record to say he is not interested in booking the bout but Silva has already started the process of dropping from his 84kg weight in a bid to make it happen.
He told Chael Sonnen's YouTube channel: "Hey, what's up, Chael? How are you, buddy? So I talked about my super-fight with Conor, and I start to cut my weight.
"And for no excuse and for everybody talking about, 'Oh, but Anderson don't take the weight and blah, blah, blah.'
"OK, I start training and I'm ready for that. Conor ready, too. And it's a one thing: just Dana White, I need to make this fight real. Let's go see."
McGregor, meanwhile, has now claimed he is retiring from MMA for a third time in four years after becoming "bored" of the current situation in UFC.
He took to Twitter to make the bombshell announcement before explaining his reasons in the same interview with ESPN.
McGregor believes that the fight between undefeated UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje won't happen in September - and feels as though the logical step would have been to pit him against 'The Highlight' for the interim lightweight belt.
"The game just does not excite me, and that's that," he said.
"All this waiting around. There's nothing happening. I'm going through opponent options, and there's nothing really there at the minute. There's nothing that's exciting me.
"They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing [Khabib vs Gaethje] back to September?
"You know what's going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that's not going to happen. I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with.
"And they always want to baulk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on. Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight -- me and Justin for the interim title -- and just kept the ball rolling."