Posted by roadking95th
I find it hard to say any one fighter is the greatest of all times. I'd rather go with greatest of their time. Some fighters will suffer from training techniques, opponents skill levels, exposure, etc.. These reasons are why I would shy away from such proclamations. Silva is proving he is the greatest right NOW.
You're right. I didn't specify in my original post, but yes, when comparing athletes (of any sport), I always try to evaluate their accomplishments in context. And of course it's also difficult to predict the future, especially in this sport, but that doesn't stop any of us from trying.
Posted by Korsakov
the difference between chuck's reign and anderson's reign is gigantic.
I was going to say almost the same thing, although I wouldn't call the difference "gigantic." Chuck's wins over Tito and Randy are, in my mind, similar to Silva's wins over Franklin and Henderson, but I agree that Silva has faced more varied competition, on the whole.
Posted by Chuteboxer
Silva's only had three title defenses. Remember, Lutter didn't make weight?
Good point. The win was impressive, but inasmuch as title defenses are our measuring stick, it can't be counted (just as Matt Hughes' wins over Gracie and Riggs can't be counted).
Posted by Chuteboxer
when he's only had a few defenses and suddenly everyone's kissing his ass, it's been blown out of proportion.
I disagree. First, "a few" title defenses is historic. 7 or 8 of them would simply be epic, and possibly even unheard of (I haven't done thorough research, as you pointed out).
Also, people keep pointing to the lack of depth of the UFC's Middleweight division as a mitigating factor. I don't argue that the division is the UFC's weakest right now, but the depth of the division isn't a relevant factor, by itself. It's the quality of Anderson Silva's opposition that's important, and that
has been very impressive: Rich Franklin is a Top-5 Middleweight, Nate Marquardt is Top-10, and Dan Henderson is the consensus #2 and among the Top 10, pound-for-pound.
I don't know how many fighters have four wins over Top-10 guys in their division, or three over Top-5 guys.
Finally, the nature
of Silva's victories has literally defied belief. If you had told me two years ago that a 185-lb fighter would KO Chris Leben in 49 seconds, crush Rich Franklin twice, catch Travis Lutter in a triangle with two bad knees, pound out Nate Marquardt, and submit Dan Henderson more quickly than Big Nog did 5 years ago, I would have said you were completely up a tree.
I predicted a win for Silva over Henderson, and I thought the fight was as close to a "toss-up" as I could imagine. The one thing that I was absolutely sure would not
happen was Silva catching Hendo in a submission hold.