Silva held the top slot on most pound-for-pound lists for a long time and would still be there today most likely were it not for his stumble against Chris Weidman in July. Regardless, Silva’s knockout loss is the only blemish on the Brazilian’s brilliant run in the Octagon and far from an indictment on his overall ability. “The Spider” had won sixteen straight scraps in the infamous eight-sided cage prior to the defeat, laying claim to two of the company’s most prestigious records along the way (most consecutive wins in the UFC, most consecutive title-defenses).
Everyone has their own opinions when it comes to rankings, especially when it comes producing a rundown of the best pound-for-pound pugilists in Mixed Martial Arts. After all, there is no real way to prove P4P status, making the category far more subjective than might be the case when determining the Top 5 of a particular division. UFC President Dana White recently offered up his take on the matter, offering up a list filled with some of the sport’s elite athletes albeit not in the order many might expect. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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