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Anderson Silva wants to win back UFC title, fight Conor McGregor before retiring

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva wants another crack at a world title before finally riding off into the sunset.

Two failed drug tests in the UFC aside, there is no denying that Anderson Silva was once considered as the greatest to ever do it in mixed martial arts. Now 43 years of age, “The Spider” is looking towards cementing his legacy.

Speaking in a recent press conference in Los Angeles to promote his new gym Spider Kick, Silva bared his next plans for his fighting career.

“I believe in a perfect world, of course, Anderson Silva fights for the belt and takes the belt, then drop the mic,” Silva said (transcript via MMAjunkie). “But I need to focus on this fight first. That’s the second step. Let’s go see, because the future is very short.”

“This is the moment to take this fight and finish all my fights. I have three more and then it’s done. It’s over.”

Silva is slated to take on a younger and undefeated opponent in Israel Adesanya at UFC 234. But he did not hesitate to throw more jabs at Georges St-Pierre, who had already expressed his disinterest in making a fight happen.

“I believe Georges St-Pierre does not take the real challenge,” Silva said. “He just tries to do something easy for yourself, but this is Georges St-Pierre. He’s so smart. That’s the game, that’s the business. He’s a business man.

“For me, I prefer to take real challenge. Don’t put nothing in the mind of my fans, (saying) ‘maybe yes, maybe not.’ That’s why I accepted the fight with (Daniel) Cormier in two days (at UFC 200). That’s the difference … it’s not about fighters – it’s about martial arts. I like challenge and I try to do my best every time.”

But if there is one other fight that interests Silva, it is against the UFC’s biggest “money fight” today, Conor McGregor.

“I believe 180 (pounds) is good for me and McGregor,” he said. “I’m just waiting, because I don’t control this. This is a question for Dana, but I believe this an amazing fight for the fans.”

For now, Silva will have to keep focused on UFC 234, which takes place on February 10th in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently training with Glory Kickboxing middleweight champion Alex Pereira, who holds a knockout win over Adesanya in March 2017.