Silva returns to the Octagon next February at
UFC 234 against the surging Israel
Adesanya in what could determine the No. 1 contender to fight
the winner of Robert
Whittaker’s title defense against Kelvin
Gastelum, which takes place on the same card.
Silva was interviewed on Wednesday by ESPN.com and said that during
negotiations for his return to the Octagon, two former champions
entered the discussion in Conor
McGregor and Georges St.
Pierre. According to Silva, a McGregor a bout may materialize
in the future despite the size disparity between them.
“At first, I talked to Dana about a fight with McGregor, because
McGregor challenged me,” Silva said. “Maybe that will be my second
fight after this layoff. We’ll see.
While a McGregor versus Silva fight seems like a good chance of
happening, the same couldn’t be said for St. Pierre.
“That’s an interesting fight, but Georges has never come to accept
the challenge,” Silva said. “Georges just runs, runs, runs. It’s
crazy. I do not think Georges wants the fight, but that’s OK. I
respect Georges. He is a great fighter. Maybe he just has a
different view — to take easy fights. That’s not me. I like to
take the big challenges in my life.
“Georges is very lucky and very smart,” he added. “He never goes to
take a fight if it’s not easy. That’s the point. Georges, for me,
is a great fighter, but he never takes the real challenges in life.
That’s my opinion. I respect him, but that’s my opinion.”
Silva has been absent from fighting after serving a one-year
suspension by USADA for taking a contaminated supplement. “The
Spider” hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since his unanimous
decision victory over Derek
Brunson at UFC 208 in February 2017 with the win breaking a
five-fight winless streak which includes a no-contest result in his
fight against Nick Diaz after
he tested positive for anabolic agents as well as anti-anxiety