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Conor McGregor hasn't a chance and I hope Jose Aldo beats him up - Anderson Silva

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Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in Boston: ‘It’s as though his opponents are merely obstacles’. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in Boston: ‘It’s as though his opponents are merely obstacles’. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

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Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in Boston: ‘It’s as though his opponents are merely obstacles’. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has called on his fellow Brazilian Jose Aldo to "beat up" Conor McGregor.

While Dubliner McGregor is making throngs of new fans in Ireland, some within the UFC haven't taken to his increasing popularity too well.

Before McGregor's win over Dennis Siver, Ricardo Lamas made a parody video where he mocked McGregor and now Silva is calling for his head.

Speaking to Brazilian publication Globo, Silva said: "Jose Aldo already said what we needed to hear; we have the king, the prince and the joker. Enough said. I think (McGregor) is a cool guy, but Jose Aldo is way cooler than him. I’m Jose Aldo’s brother, I’m with Jose Aldo until I die. Beat him up a lot, Jose Aldo. Please, beat him up a lot."

Aldo and McGregor will face off in Las Vegas this summer with the Brazilian looking to defend his featherweight crown and Silva feels McGregor hasn't a hope.

"You can’t compare. He doesn’t have a chance against Jose Aldo. How would he do this? Have you seen Aldo’s last fight? Do you think this kid will handle what that other kid (Mendes) handled against Aldo? Never."

McGregor's showdown with Aldo was rumoured to take place in May, but earlier today his coach John Kavanagh said July was a more likely option.

On what kind of career longevity McGregor can expect, Kavanagh said: "He's 26 now, or 27. If you look at extreme examples in boxing like Bernard Hopkins, who I believe is in his 50s now, and he's still doing very well.

"Today we have smarter training methods than we had 20 years ago and better nutrition, which means athletes (sporting) lives are being extended.

"If I was to guess, I would say Conor will be out of this game in less than 10 years and a multi-millionaire."

A lot of the questions from listeners focused on McGregor's personality and Kavanagh explained that "The Notorious" is the exact same man away

"He never wakes up in the morning, I've never seen him before 2-3pm. He definitely likes his ly-in.

"What you see is what you get? He has a girlfriend and I have a fiance and we go out for meals and he'll talk about cauliflower on his plate with a level of intensity that he's talking about a fight. He's a very passionate individual.

"I wouldn't use chilled out to describe Conor. He's an intense individual and very driven."

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