Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts

The National Football League's collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. ET tonight, and unless there is a miracle at today's negotiations, the league is headed for a work stoppage. That opens the door for Chad Ochocinco, the Bengals' outlandish receiver and fan of MMA, to pursue a dream: fighting Anderson Silva.

He and UFC president Dana White discussed a match-up on Twitter, both pointing out that the expiration of the CBA isn't all bad.

Ochocinco has tried to challenge Silva in the past, and UFC president Dana White has played along, even offering Silva a spot on the 2010 New Year's weekend card. But the fights could never be anything more than a joke because of the NFL's contracts that keep players risking their health.

But without a CBA in place, Ochocinco is open to pursue MMA more seriously. Silva is slated to fight Georges St. Pierre if St. Pierre wins his April 30 bout with Jake Shields. In the meantime, the world needs a Silva/Ochocinco matchup of some kind. Perhaps they can stap on sumo suits, get in a baking competition, or play a game of tennis. "Ocho vs. The Spider" has reality show written all over it. 

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