Anderson Silva will have his own fish to fry at UFC 208 when he takes on Derek Brunson in Brooklyn, N.Y., but that doesn’t mean the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight king can’t weigh in on the ongoing discussion of Conor McGregor, the Irishman’s fighting skills, and whether or not “Notorious” should crossover to boxing and challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“He has flaws. We all have flaws. And his flaws are clear,” said Silva on TV show Combate News earlier this week when asked about McGregor’s game (h/t MMA Fighting). “He defends well, but he doesn’t have jiu-jitsu. The main thing is that he uses his movement and his opponent’s movement in his advantage.
“He never puts himself in uncomfortable positions. Everyone who fought him put themselves in uncomfortable positions and weren’t able to get back to comfortable positions again.”
Silva, who is widely regarded as the best striker to ever grace the Octagon, doesn’t believe that McGregor would necessarily get swamped by Mayweather, citing movement as a reason why the 28-year-old lightweight champion could find success.
“I think everybody has a chance,” said Silva. “When you step inside (the ring) to fight, you have a chance. Of course that if you’re fighting Mayweather, people would say ‘oh, McGregor won’t last a round,’ but we never know.”
“The movement is different, how you have your feet on the ground is different, the timing is different boxing,” added Silva. “The only way to see is putting them to fight. He would have to stop at least a year to be able to do a close fight, and I believe he should do it.”
Remember, Silva was once linked to a potential boxing match with legend Roy Jones Jr., so the 41-year-old veteran may have already done some early preparation in carrying mixed martial arts (MMA) striking over into the boxing ring.
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