I know this has been discussed before, but now I think its just time to end this ridiculous debate. I’m getting tired of all the Anderson Silva love at the top of the lb for lb. charts. No disrespect to him, I love his striking, but IMO doesn’t even deserve consideration for the top 3. Top 10 yes. Fedor is so far ahead of everyone I can’t believe its even a debate. He’s ahead of Silva for the following reasons, except for #5.
1-Fedor has never lost except for that cut, but let’s not count that too much. Boxing fans know all about padded stats.
2-Fedor has beaten the best in the world time after time, at their own game. He deafeatd both PRIDE champs: CroCop, considered by far the best HVWT striker. He outgrappled Noguiera when Nog was the unquestioned best HVWT sub guy.
3- He has beaten 3 UFC champs in 6:01 combined (Arlovski, Sylvia, Coleman). That is unbelievable
5-He has been rocked only once, by Fujita
6-He’s been in trouble on the ground only once, the kimura, by Hunt (who knows jack sh#t about subs)
7-Silva has had terrible opponents for most of his career, except for Franklin
8-Fedor always advances and always looks to finish. He doesn’t hide. He plays to his opponents strength. That’s incredible in and of itself.
9- Finally, he’s a HVWT. That means he’s in much more danger of being KO’d with one punch
I put him ahead of GSP because of reasons #1, 5,6,8. He also has a granite chin. If GSP outstrikes Alves, instead of outgrappling him,and with a few more quality wins against top strikers, he’ll get close.
He’s already outgrappled Fitch and Penn.
Miguel Torres is close behind as well. Though #s7 and #4 are unanswered, since so many of the lighter guys fight in Dream.