NFL lockout 2011: Chad Ochocinco vs Anderson Silva in the works?

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With the NFL lockout looming large, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, is once again flirting with a prospective trip to the Octagon. And UFC President Dana White is egging him on:

"If that CBA doesn't get resolved @ochocinco ur gonna have to fight Anderson! I'm ready whenever u are. Let's do it!"

The artist formerly known as Chad Johnson took that and ran with it, calling out Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva:

"@SpiderAnderson just a warning, after the CBA expires tomorrow please be very afraid, I'm free to participate in whatever! #fightme ... Quan where you at? I'm getting ready to whoop Anderson Silva a$$"

Step aside, Georges St. Pierre. National Football League fans the world over may be facing the dreaded notion of no football next year, but Ochocinco plans to keep busy no matter what happens. The NFL's association with MMA has grown quite a bit over the past few years with top reporter Jay Glazer, a good friend and training partner of legendary former UFC champion Randy Couture, training players in the sport to help get them ready for their respective seasons. So why not make the jump all together? Matt Mitirone, a former defensive end for the New York Giants, has enjoyed a successful Octagon career to date, amassing a 4-0 record after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 10. Sure, this talk of Ochocinco making his way to the cage is likely just that -- talk. But why not have some fun and speculate on how "8-5" would do if he ventured into the UFC? Anyone think he, or any current player for that matter, could make some noise in MMA?

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