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Bengals Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco to Fight UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva This Offseason?

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is no stranger when it comes to running his mouth. So when No. 85 challenges a UFC middleweight champion–it shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

As ESPN’s Jenny Zimmerman reported on Thursday, Ochocinco plans on challenging Anderson Silva to a fight if there’s lockout in the NFL next season. From Zimmerman’s article:

“I’ll whip his [expletive],” Ochocinco said at ESPN the Weekend in Orlando, Fla. “I’m not going to the ground. I know if I’m going to fight Anderson, I have to fight him standing up. I’m quicker than him. I know he’s good at what he does, but let’s not be fooled. I’m one of the elite athletes in the NFL. I’m very fast.”

The funny thing is–this marks the second time in less than a week that Ochocinco’s name has been thrown around for a possible fight in the ring. On Monday, Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski challenged Ochocinco to square off in a charity boxing match–even saying that Chad wouldn’t last more than a minute against him in the ring.

It’s understandable that players will be looking for ways to pass the time if there is in fact a lockout for the 2011 season. But to go against Silva–who holds the UFC record with 13-straight wins–would be flat-out dumb for a guy with zero fighting experience like Ocho has.