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Who is the best pound for pound fighter in the world?

fedor-silva.JPGEver since last night, the question has become who the best fighter in the world is. Pound for pound, who is the king? Is it still Anderson Silva after his demolition of James Irvin at a higher weight class? Is it Fedor Emelianenko after his 36 second abusal of Tim Sylvia, a former two time UFC heavyweight champion?

To some, it’s clear as day who the best pound for pound fighter is and has been for awhile now: Anderson Silva. To others, Fedor reclaimed his pound for pound spot last night by demolishing a man that took Randy Couture a full five rounds to beat. After last night, the two are definitely #1 and #2 on the list. They are both head and shoulders above the competition at their weight class. This much is clear. But who is #1? And who is #2?

For me, the picture isn’t as clear. Silva’s victory over Irvin, while convincing, doesn’t seem to mean much in the long run. Silva cuts a lot of weight to get to 185 lbs. and could technically compete at 205 lbs. all the time if he wanted to. That coupled with the fact that James Irvin probably isn’t event top twenty in the light heavyweight class make me skeptical to crown him the undisputed pound for pound king. Had Silva beat someone in the top ten or the top fifteen, then I would be more likely to call him the best pound for pound fighter in the world regardless of what Emelianenko did last night.

The only reason Fedor has fallen so far in people’s minds and rankings is his relative inactivity and lack of quality opponents. Now that Fedor has definitively destroyed one of the UFC’s more dominant former champions in less than a minute, it’s clear that he seems to be back on track to reclaim his crown at the top. If nothing else, he’s clearly vaulted himself back up to the #2 spot on many peoples’ lists.

For now, Anderson Silva remains on top. If he hadn’t fought on last night’s card in a different weight class, I believe a lot of people would be singing a different tune. If Fedor was the only one of the two to have a fight last night and he demolished Sylvia like he did, I think people would be clamoring to put him at the top. Silva’s win last night over Irvin allowed him to tread water at the top. But he has to be looking over his shoulder, as the Last Emperor seems to be on track to take back his throne.

62 COMMENTS
  • paddiosf says:

    IMO I put Silva at #1 and it’s a good argument for Fedor a close 2nd..I like at Silva body of work in the last few years, but this PNP topic goes back in forth between GSP,Silva and Fedor and I would even say Penn..Next months UFC with GSP/Fitch fight and if GSP has a huge win, this whole best PNP argument well be talked about again..who knows, I guess it depends who you ask..

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  • event202 says:

    Fedor displayed a flawless fight last night and took out a UFC champion in 36 seconds. This match boosts Fedor’s status even higher. Silva displayed a flawless fight against a non-UFC champion. I don’t think this match did anything to boost Silva’s ranking. If Anderson were to fight a champion at 205 and disassemble him in 36 seconds then your article would carry some weight. I don’t think your conclusion carries logic.

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  • Revjames13 says:

    I concur with Silva’s win keeping him right were he is and Fedor climbing to #2. Another thing to keep in mind is the impending Penn/GSP superfight (provided GSP gets by Fitch). The winner of that can make a case for #1, or at the least be in the conversation with Anderson and Fedor.

    Seeing as Anderson walks around at 220 and Fedor fights at 230, it almost has me thinking the unthinkable and wondering if there is any series of events that could lead to these guys fighting each other. It’s at least fun to wonder how Anderson would fare against the most bad ass cabbage patch kid that has ever walked the earth.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#2 Yeah, but Fedor had a two-year layoff from fighting anyone at all worthwhile until Timmy. In that same time period Silva fought and defeated the former Pride LHW and MW champion, as well as the UFC MW champion- twice, along with a few legitimate contenders. That is why he is #1 right now. You can argue that Fedor may actually be the better fighter but he hasn’t been proving it much lately, and Silva has.

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  • ryan says:

    does this website cover DREAM or what there is a very good lightweight tourny final and you guys are not talking about it you need to cover everything and there is one american eddie alvarez left who needs support and recognition for what he has done.
    i know that last night was a big night but come on

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  • ryan says:

    look ate your poll result for these boobs that wont even watch the affliction card come on were are the real fight fans i don’t care what organization or anything else just want to see the best dudes fight that is it bottom line.

    YOU NEED TO EXPAND YOUR READERS KNOWLADGE OF THE FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!

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  • Fabricio says:

    Ryo Chonan
    Daiju Takase
    and a few other losses.

    vs. a NC cut.

    P4P is and has been clear for a while. We an buy into the UFC hype machine all we want, and Anderson is an swsome fighter, but we are one Serra win over GSP from throwing him in the mix as well.

    Either we need to keep HW’s out of P4P discussions all together or recognize the undefeated P4P champion.

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  • TMCAC says:

    With so much being made of the Spider moving up to fight a heavier fighter, technically 20 pound over his normal weight limit although probably more like 10-15 pounds at fight time, I’m amazed nobody is pointing out that Fedor beat a guy 30+ pounds heavier!

    I agree that Anderson still holds the lead for the mythical title, but that Fedor closed a good portion of the gap between them last night. However when Fedor beats his next foe and the P4P arguements are running again, let’s remember what a small heavyweight Fedor really is. To me because of the weight-classes and his being on the small side and thus regularly fighting opponents who outweigh him he has the inside track on the P4P title.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#7 The rest of the world seems to think that cut was an actual loss, not a NC, despite the fact that it came from an accidental illegal strike.

    Regardless, it’s not what you did five years ago that determines your status today, its what you did yesterday. The old stuff counts, but not as much as the recent stuff. And no matter how you look at it, Anderson has fought a much higher level of competition over the last two years than Fedor.

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  • Nolan says:

    Both of them seem to be really respectful of all those around them, and are fantastic ambasadors of the sport. Its doesnt matter who is #1 or #2, because MMA as a sport wins with these guys.

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  • ACK! says:

    Yeah, I agree that it doesn’t matter who’s #1 or whatever in some made-up, rhetorical rankings…

    That said, what Fedor did last night was one of the most impressive wins I’ve ever seen. Not take anything away from Silva’s amazing KO, but Fedor worked 2-time UFC heavyweight champion who absolutely towers over him without breaking a sweat.

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  • Fabricio says:

    #9 with all due respect

    James Irvin
    Dan Henderson
    Rich Franklin
    Nathan Marquardt
    Travis Lutter
    Rich Franklin
    Chris Leben
    Tony Fryklund

    vs.

    Tim Sylvia
    Hong Man Choi
    Matt Lindland
    Mark Hunt
    Mark Coleman
    Wagner da Conceicao Martins
    Mirko Filipovic
    Tsuyoshi Kohsaka
    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    Naoya Ogawa
    Kevin Randleman
    Mark Coleman
    Yuji Nagata
    Gary Goodridge
    Kazuyuki Fujita
    Egidijus Valavicius
    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    Heath Herring
    Semmy Schilt

    I might even say Anderson is P4P the most exciting fighter. But seriously this isn’t close, and we can agree to disagree but it’s really not.

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  • Nolan says:

    He kicked Tims ass like Tim was some bum from the stands that got paid 300$ to stands.

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  • ACK! says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with #12. Those lists don’t lie.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    IMO best p4p means you’re fighting and winning outside your “normal” weight class. Fedor would have to cut down to light heavy or even lighter to accomplish something similar to what Silva has done and can do.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#12 Uh, why did you cut most of Silva’s wins off that list? Why would you cut people like

    Jeremy Horn,
    Carlos Newton,
    Roan Carneiro,
    Hayato Sakurai,
    Lee Murray,
    Jorge Rivera,
    Otsuka

    off of Silva’s list but include

    Nagata,
    Fujita,
    Schilt,
    Ogawa,
    Goodridge (an armwresting champion),
    Valavicus (the guys ONLY FIGHT IN MMA WAS AGAINST FEDOR FFS)
    Martins,
    (the list goes on)

    on Fedor’s list? Most of those guys are total cans.

    That’s about the most biased summary of their careers I have ever seen someone present. Your integrity fails.

    @#14 The lists lie by omission, shamelessly.

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  • fedorfan says:

    its funny how some of you swear by anderson, you give him number 1 cause of the fact hes been more active? lets be serious you dont have to be a dumbass to notice this but just look at the difference in records fedor 28-1, which should have been a no contest so basically 28-0 but we will leave it at 28-1, to silva’s 22-4, also look at the quality of fights fedor has been in from mirko, to nogueira who came in the ufc and took the title with ease, and then theres silva who walks around at 220 and cuts down a good 20 pounds or more to fight people in a lower weightclass, while fedor walks around at 230 and fights people who usually weigh more and are taller than he is and still manages to maintain a great record, lets be serious fedor is #1 p4p

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  • Ian says:

    I want to fully admit that I have had Anderson #1, and Fedor #2 in my last few pound for pound lists, but only due to relative inactivity. I’ve always argued that just because he hasn’t fought that much, doesn’t mean he suddenly forgot how to.

    That said, Fedors domination may have hurt Sylvia, but it also knocked some sense back into me. Anderson Silva, while an exciting, beautiful fighter, didn’t go up to 205 last night, he actually went down to 205. He cut 15 pounds to make that weight.

    Fedor on the other hand, gave up 33 official pounds to Sylvia, (which was more like 50 pounds at fight time.) He also gave up 8″. This is nothing new. He’s done this throughout his entire career, and has never been hurt, or in any serious trouble.

    Fedor is the best pound for pound fighter right now, and the greatest fighter in the history of MMA.

    In closing: http://img170.imageshack.us/my.php?image=silvatappinggn4.jpg

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  • HexRei says:

    @#17 Yeah, but thats the weightclass he chooses to fight at. I don’t think you can give him much credit for that, he could probably cut to 205 if he felt like it.

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  • Rich S. says:

    you know, i saw someone yesterday that said “If fedor fought Anderson he would destroy him” and for a second.. i had to stop and laugh.. but then, i thought about it..

    and i think if they fought.. he actually WOULD pose problems for anderson that he’s never seen before..

    first of all, he’d be the most aggressive striker/ground fighter Anderson’s every fought.. and i was thinking that maybe that would tone out some of Spider’s brillian Muay Thai.. and on the ground, There’s no way he could submit Fedor..

    and second of all, we don’t know how Anderson’s punches would really affect Fedor because we’ve never seen him KO’d, or even rocked..

    but then, i go back and think, well, Hendo had never been KO’d in his career either [still hasn’t], and Anderson had him wobbling around the ring completely unaware of where he was even at..

    idk..
    this will long be an argument until they actually fight..

    but…

    i’d still put the p4p title on Spider.. just because, he seems to have this magic touch.. it doesn’t matter who he’s facing: strong chin, weak chin.. one punch from Spider can put you out.. and God forbid he gets one punch in to the body.. that’s end of fight right there..

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  • HexRei says:

    I think Fedor would probably beat Silva but that’s why they fight in different weight classes.

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  • doubleA-ron says:

    Wow #19 u make a perfect argument on this one and totally agree!
    If these two ever fought. Man i cant even think about it bcause it probrably will never will happen.

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  • ryan says:

    not with the ufc around they will have nuthing to do with setting up great matchups not with dana cum gusler there

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  • mike wolfe says:

    #22 ryan

    Find a more articulate way to slag Dana. That kind of statement only makes you look bad.

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  • eric in vegas says:

    Until Fedor gets heel hooked he’s #1.

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  • Ian says:

    Anderson walks around 10 pounds lighter than Fedor.

    It’s as fair to question who would win this fight as it is easy to predict who would win.

    If Travis Lutter was able to get Silva in mount, imagine what Fedor would do to him. And Fedor would know what to do with it.

    It’s a no brainer to me. Fedor would GNP the behaysoos out of Silva until he tko’d him or his arms got tired, whichever came first, at which point he’d just arm bar him.

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  • Simco says:

    “To some, it’s clear as day who the best pound for pound fighter is and has been for awhile now: Anderson Silva.

    But who is #1? And who is #2?…For me, the picture isn’t as clear.”

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  • ryan says:

    to who?
    your kids reading this
    he is a fag
    i buy every PPV and walk away disapointed for $55
    its a joke what he is doin to MMA so i can think of many things to say about him ,call him, yell at him whatever the fuck you want to say the bottom line is he is bad for the sport and the ufc needs to step there game up from these dog and pony shows.
    for example the next card ufc 87 for sure i want to see GSP no matter who he is fighting and florian vs huerta is nice but the rest of the card is a joke to have to pay for and not even get all the fights on the card. you know they could actually use the whole block of time that they buy on PPV
    they have enough fighters in there stables to have at least three top flight match-ups a card

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  • Rich S. says:

    there’s something people need to let go of, here:

    PAST LOSSES..

    those don’t matter..

    this isn’t who’s the p4p best fighter in the world… a few years ago.. we’re talking about right now..

    i mean, you can’t tell me that if A. Silva rematched Chonan, or Takase right now you think he’d lose.. he would dominate..

    that’s like saying GSP sucks because he lost to Matt Hughes a while back.. we all know that GSP’s the fighter that he is today BECAUSE OF that loss.. and he became even better after the loss to Serra..

    you have to put records aside for these rankings..

    i mean, look at BJ.. alot of people have him at the top of their list..

    the guy’s 13-4.. that’s a garbage record.. but he’s still one of the best fighters in the world right now.. and Randy Couture?? 16-8.. that means he’s lost 1/3 of his fights.. yet alot of people but him at best..

    you guys need to quit worrying about A. Silva’s past losses and think about his recent wins.. i mean, the fact that Franklin and Hendo are in there alone is enough for me..

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  • Steve says:

    “Seeing as Anderson walks around at 220 and Fedor fights at 230, it almost has me thinking the unthinkable”

    I was thinking the exact same thing; seriously, these two guys are not much different in weight. Give Spider a year to bulk up to 240ish and I see no reason why this fight couldn’t happen, other than the obvious legal barriers.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Simco-

    Was there a reason you just reposted what I wrote?

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  • Aaron says:

    I say Fedor over Silva for quality of opposition. Anderson is unbelievable,you can have a co number one.

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  • FRANKIE says:

    Fedor is the best MMA fighter on Earth. That’s all there is to it.

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  • romano says:

    people really don’t understand what p4p means…its understandable due to the fact that most of you weren’t boxing fans growing up(the concept of p4p was created by reputable boxing pundits)….i was….p4p measures who would be the best if size were not part of the argument, that is to say, imagine a world where fedor and silva are the same exact size, who would win? p4p lists do not hinge on quality of opponents or recent activity as evidenced by Roy Jones Jrs stranglehold on the p4p title in boxing up until his loss to Tarver. Fedor was number one, and without ever losing a fight, he slipped because of the mma fan’s natural inclination to follow Dana White and his puppet Joe Rogan like blind sheep. Silva, Penn and GSP are great fighters, but they’ve been proven to be flawed and beatable and Fedor has not….in that mythical world where size doesn’t matter, how in the hell could anyone bet against Fedor?

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  • romano says:

    and for those crowing about silva’s record and recent activity…who the hell has rich franklin ever beaten??? Evan Tanner? 185 is the weakest division in mma….nate marquardt, leben, travis lutter, they are all just guys. hendo is the one great fighter on silva’s resume…..beyond that silva has been dominating a weak division and should move up to 205 permanently if he really wants to prove himself.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#35 Ok, now you’re just talkin shit. Franklin has a long list of good wins: Lutter, Okami, Loiseau, MacDonald, Quarry, Tanner, Rivera, DeWees, Fulton. Hendo is Anderson’s great win? It sounds like you just

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  • HexRei says:

    @#35 Ok, now you’re just talkin shit. Franklin has a long list of good wins: Lutter, Okami, Loiseau, MacDonald, Quarry, Tanner, Rivera, DeWees, Fulton. Hendo is Anderson’s great win? It sounds like you just love Pride a whole bunch. It’s funny that you’re dissing Marquardt too, he has a ton of good wins -in Japan-. In case you didn’t notice, Fedor’s record is half full of Japanese cans.

    (sorry about the previous, i had an arrow in the post and it got interpreted as HTML tag, cutting off the rest of my post)

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  • ryan says:

    i hear you #35
    you are right about everything about p4p and i agree that that is why fedor is p4p
    who is rich franklin, just a second level fighter
    but with that said
    anderson is on top of his game and i can’t think of anyone at 185 that would give him a fight
    he needs to fight who ever
    look fedor fights guys that have him by 35 puonds at the weigh-in let alone the fight.
    i bet anderson would fight who ever at whatever weight but like you said gay ass dana white would never let it happen
    i see a pattern similar to liddell have him fight guys you know he can beat and market the fuck out of him!
    all that happens is we the real fans that can see what is going on get fucked.
    if you want to know what its like to have dana white rape you just rent ufc 87!!

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  • romano says:

    @37…actually i’ve always found pride’s presentation to be odd and i find japanese fighters to be for the most part boring…no, i always enjoyed a night of ufc more than a night of Pride(though Pride’s heavyweight division was the greatest and strongest in the world bolstered by former ufc champs)…i’m not even sure how you could make that jump and call me a Pride apologist from my comment…now onto your comment.

    “Lutter, Okami, Loiseau, MacDonald, Quarry, Tanner, Rivera, DeWees, Fulton.”

    where oh where is the great fighter in that list? name one…i dare you. you either have no shame or no knowledge to put that list of average fighters out there as some sort of recognition of Franklin’s skills…and what is Marquardt’s record again?

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  • Andrej says:

    What is Wrong with you people????????? P4P rankings are garbage. Divisional Ranking make more sense but not P4P rankings. Fedor is Number 1 in Heavyweight and Anderson Silva is Number 1 in Middleweight. That is all I care about as of now.

    I’m not UFC 88 looks way more intresting than UFC 87. I Bought Afflictions PPV and was entertained. I will buy more Afflictions in the future as long as they have good fights.

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  • romano says:

    and check your math…seven japanese fighter’s does not constitute half of fedor’s wins

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  • neijia says:

    Fedor and Anderson don’t seem to care.

    Also, who is there for them to fight now? That is a more pressing problem. I guess it’s easy for Anderson as he could fight LHW’s. But is there any other “credible” competition for Fedor? Barnett? Arlovski? Brock Lesnar and a bunch of other pro wrestlers? Randy is a bit too old, unfortunately.

    These guys are like Tiger Woods in that they are really competing with themselves. Sure on a random day, some other pro can get lucky and win, but there is just no question who is the greatest.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#9 I’m sorry, but no one was making a case for Rich Franklin as P4P greatest, it was Silva. Rich defeated a bunch of tough guys, I never said he defeated anyone great, but the point is that Rich put them down handily and then Silva put Rich down handily. Twice.

    If you want to play the one removed game, lots of Fedor’s opponents were nobodies, too. He was fed japanese cans because it made the japanese public happy. Only a handful of his opponents were all that good, most were UFC washouts or freakshows matched only because of the size differences. He does have some strong wins. So does Silva. Fedor definitely has better record overall, but this is current P4P ranking, not looking back on all time history P4P ranking.

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  • HexRei says:

    aw phrack. last @ 39, not 9.

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  • Evan says:

    HexRei…I love BSG also. hahha….can’t wait for the second part of the series finale.

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  • Are you having a laugh?. says:

    I’m sick of this p4p stuff! PART OF WHAT MAKES A FIGHTER GOOD IS SIZE!!!! so why try and take that away from a fighter and compare him to a FW, MW or any other size. Put Silva in there with Fedor and I be betting that Fedor would man-handle him right?. P4p is a joke taking away size to compare is always going to benifit lower weights so perhaps when doing so you should take away the lower weights speed or maybe thier tech ability. It’s dumb cuz Fedor is the best fighter partly cuz of his size and strength.
    So Anerson Silva or Faber can beat anyone in the weight class THEY CUT WEIGHT TO GET TO!!!! but Fedor can beat anyone!

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  • Rich S. says:

    there’s one thing i still don’t get here..

    a few months ago the contest was between GSP and A. Silva..

    i mean, why is it that one fight opened your eyes to Fedor?

    i mean, nothing’s changed.

    why wasn’t he considered the best a few months ago? [i know: someone will say inactivity, but that’s bogus]

    i mean, it goes from Fedor not even being considered.. to ever person on the site saying he’d crush Anderson…

    Why?

    Just Because he beat Tim Sylvia? or because he beat him fast?

    i mean, since when is Big Tim the gatekeeper for P4P RANKINGS??

    Tim’s always had a weakness [his chin, and ability to crumble under pressure].. it’s just that AA, Randy, and Fedor are the only ones to expose it..

    i just can’t believe it went from “Who’s Fedor fought lately?” to “Fedor’s the best, period.” overnight..

    it’s ridiculous..

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  • Guy Gaduois says:

    I think HexRei and KingJames 13 consistently make great posts.

    I hate the idea of ‘pound for pound’ because it’s realistically inarguable – I like the weight class delineation as it makes for much better argumentation. Until you have multiple belts/titles/unification matches. I’m looking at you, boxing.

    Fedor and Anderson both have a killer instinct, a ‘finisher’s pedigree'; they are the most opportunistic fighters in the sport, and after watching B.J. Penn’s incredibly striking performance against Sherk, he is right in that mix as well. But Anderson and Fedor are unparalleled as “fight finishers”. Other fighters are good at grinding and pressing their game plan; Fedor and Anderson take the slightest crease in the armor and make their opponent look silly and sleepy.

    And it isn’t an ‘overnight success’ story for either Fedor or Anderson; they’ve been honing their game and becoming more and more precise in their demolition. They are crafty, quick, concise and they annhilate in a beat. I marvel at how much better they will get – especially if we’re still awaiting their peak performances.

    Scariest fighters in MMA.

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  • Are you having a laugh?. says:

    # 47 Some of us always thought he was the best and now have a chance to back it up with evidence . Tim has always had a weakness? well who dosn’t? but he is a 2 time UFC champ who has wins over a lot of good fighters and was dominating nog before he got caught, I thought that this was going to be Fedors hardest challenge to date, considerining Tims size and power, so don’t pretend that beating Tim Sylvia in the way he did means nothing Rich, it’s a huge whats up now to all doubters of who really is the best fighter in the world.

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  • Rich S. says:

    unfortunately,
    Tim DOES have a big record, and he HAS beaten plenty of formidable opponents.. but apparently there’s alot of people that don’t see what i see in him..

    at some point Tim fell off.. we all know this.. he KO’s Arlovski [which i feel was a semi-early stoppage from the ref] all of a sudden, decision, decision, decision, decision, decision, decision, loss..

    I [and i know i will get bashed for this] Don’t think Tim’s a good striker..
    sure he’s lengthy, but does he use it?? not anymore. He used it on Monson [who is basically a few inches short of being a midget] Ok, but not really on anyone else.. i mean, he did the exact opposite in the Vera fight.. he actually closed the distance..

    You can tell Tim’s not the brightest guy.. he tries to be tactical, and use reach, but it doesn’t work for him.. i mean, can you give me one time other than Monson? First fight with AA: he got rocked, he didn’t do the rocking.. Fight with tra telligman: he just got a huge headkick in close to the end.. fight with Assuerio: he actually closed the distance, rather than using it to his advantage.. fight with AA #2: the punch that AA was short, and on the inside, he didn’t use reach.. fight with AA #3: in this one, he tried to fight on the outside a little more, but AA was still successful in getting inside and landing devistating body shots, they just weren’t finishers.. etc etc etc..

    it almost seems like Tim should revert to his old days, as a slugger [where he held victories of Ricco, Gan McGee, Cabbage, etc..]

    to sum it up:
    i don’t think Tim’s good anymore..
    therefore, i don’t see why Fedor’s immediately jumped into the possible #1 p4p spot, rather than always being there

    but obviously, there’s plenty of people who thought Tim would pose huge prob’s for Fedor soooo…

    [i’m happy for him, and i’ve always thought he owned a spot at the top, but, i’d still put Spider at #1]

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  • romano says:

    hexrei

    fedor has fought six different japanese fighters…so no he wasn’t fed a bunch of japanese cans…if you look at the guys that fedor fought, and can remember what there rankings were when he fought them, he has fought and defeated better fighters than sylvia…and you obviously don’t pay attention….look at post 35 where i explain what p4p is all about

    as for Franklin, i simply debunked your argument about silva’s level of competition…if level of competition were a reason for p4p to slip(which it isn’t, ask ring magazine) then i say the only legit superstar silva has defeated is henderson due to the 185 weight class being thinner than an olsen twin. p4p is not a ranking based on whom you are fighting, but on saying who’s the best fighter overall….if i were to wave my magic wand and make fedor and silva the same exact weight, who would win? that’s a subjective argument for sure, but if we’re going to have subjective arguments than at least use logic.

    Onto fedor’s career, he has quite simply defeated every heavyweight that it made sense to fight and cleared out the deepest heavyweight division in mma history….you probably weren’t watching back then since it predates griffin-bonnar, but while the japanese do have an affinity for freakshow matches, fedor also crammed in some of the best fighter’s on the planet….and before i see another inaccurate list putting down those guys…coleman lost once (to big nog) following his grand prix victory and was younger (and still is younger) than Randy Couture is now….so legitimate wins that were impressive as hell when they happened in fedor’s career looks like this.

    arona, sobral, schilt, herring, big nog, coleman, randleman, big nog again, tk, crocop, hunt and now syvia

    Silva’s impressive as hell wins

    henderson

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  • Zack with a ck says:

    Everybody Loves Raymond – you are on good crank. Big Nog and CroCop are the only impressive wins in recent history for Fedor.

    I think there’s no doubt that “in potentiality” Fedor is the best fighter ever up to this point. But in actuality he’s neither fought enough or had the level of comp he should to warrant p4p #1 status.

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  • homer says:

    Fedor is head and shoulders above anyone in the heavyweight division, however, that division is definitely the weakest. Randy Couture, who everyone seems to think is one of the best, is highly overrated. Yes, he beat Silvia and Gonzaga, but neither of them are very impressive. Couture couldn’t even beat Liddell at 205. That’s why he retired, then moved back up to heavyweight where the competition was weaker.
    As for Silvia, there is a reason why the UFC did not resign him. He sucks.

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  • Bruce says:

    Dana should swallow his pride, sign Fedor and have him beat the ‘Nog-Couture winner then fight Anderson at a catch weight of 215 or something like that.

    That’s really the only way to settle this argument.

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  • Danny says:

    #51

    “arona, sobral, schilt, herring, big nog, coleman, randleman, big nog again, tk, crocop, hunt and now syvia”

    uh some of those guys were undersized heavies. crocop and big nog r the only 2 top heavies he faced in japan. he didnt finish either. sylvia, we all know, is terrible at sub defense.

    NOW. since anderson silva has been in the ufc, a lot of people have doubted him. when he 1st arrived it was so he could a CHALLENGER to franklins title, not someone who was sent to destroy him. majority of fans thought that ace had too much an all-around game 4 the spider. we all know what happend there. Lutter, big bjj master, wins the fight as soon as it hits the ground. yeah right. marquardt, good wrestler. 7 TIME KING OF PANCRASE with heavy hands. didnt happen. and my all time fave, HENDO! Mr. olympic credentials. now i went to go see this fight live and i cant tell u how awesome it was to see everyones face around me when hendo looked like he was about to swallow his tongue. priceless.

    now lets finally give silva some credit where its due. he’s beaten everyone he was doubted to beat. and yes that includes irvin who people thought was gonna ko silva. i know alot of people will make excuses 4 the sandman but i will say this. silva is more than capable of destroying someone’s face at 185 or 205. ask the sandman

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  • bk says:

    this is a silly article; Emelianenko is so clearly the most dominant and destructive fighter in MMA; you’d have to be a TUF Noob or a lackey for the UFC to argue otherwise. Right now, there is not a heavyweight in the world who can challenge Emelianenko – and he’s smaller than many of his foes, to boot (whereas silva cuts a lot of weight to get down to middle-weight and has the dimensions of someone who could easily fight one or even two weight classes above where he does habitually).

    Right now, Emelianenko is the one man in the world no one wants to fight on the street: he’s super-skilled; he is diamond-tough; he’s russian (which means he’s a closet sadist); and he seems to have no fear (he went right after Timmy even though Silvia is a much bigger man and has heavy and effective hands).

    guy’s a beast – even if I don’t like him or his camp.

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  • bk says:

    the guy to beat emelianenko will be the first guy to put on his face – on multiple occasions – that look he had briefly against hong man choi when that first armbar didn’t come off. In short, it will take someone who is not afraid to stand with him, has the chin to take whatever he can dish out, the ballsiness and self-confidence to really get after him wherever the fight may happen to go (Tim seemed to freeze in that fight saturday night), the hand-speed to match him in the exchanges, and nog-like technical skill on the ground.

    Give Big Nog world-class stand-up and world-class fast twitch muscles (and maybe an olympic-caliber wrestling pedigree) and you have the man who can beat Emelianenko.

    Of course, that beast hasn’t emerged yet

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  • neorules says:

    #9 you are a totally IDIOT .. How long have you been a fan of MMA ?
    There is no ? that Fedor has the fought the best competiton between the two .. Silly bitch ..

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  • HexRei says:

    @#58 Wow, great argument. Go back to sherdog, troll.

    Thanks to all the people who already said everything back to romano that I was going to.

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  • Big T says:

    Fedor V Silva @ 205lbs.
    Lets see it.
    I bet Fedor handles Silva in the first round.

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  • fedorisking says:

    Easily Fedor. He has fought more top competition and I’ve never seen anyone beat him. I’ve seen Anderson Silva tap out like a bitch against mediocre Japanese wrestlers (Takase, Chonan etc.). Fedor has beaten all his opponents. It can even be argued that Fedor has never even lost a round outside of RINGS. Silva has lost many rounds, including the first round against Henderson. Fedor is on a 28 win streak. Silva is on a meager 10 win streak. Fedor consistently fights guys much bigger than himself while Silva usually has height and reach advantage in his fights. As for their most recent fight respectively, Fedor destroying a top 5 HW in 36 seconds was a lot more impressive than Silva destoying an unranked LHW in 61 seconds. It’s not even a contest. Fedor is the most accomplished of the two and he’s undefeated. Fedor is 6-0 against current or former UFC champions. How many big champions have Silva beaten? That’s right.

    28-0 > 22-3

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  • WickedServant says:

    Top p4p fighter:

    Anderson Silva or Georges St. Pierre

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