Posted by The-Don
Posted by BlueSkiesBurn
Where's the debate on this pound for pound best in the world between Anderson Silva and Fedor? Anderson Silva is 22-4. Fedor is 28-1*. Fedor has 6 more wins and 3 less losses. This is a crap argument. Fedor's competition has been much better than Silva's. I'm confused. I like Silva but where's the argument?
That was a simple way to state it. though the Silva nuthuggers could state Fedor has more fights.. so of course he has more wins.. on the flip side.. Fedor has more fights.. and already less losses.. Personally I think over all they are close enough in weight.. someone above said Anderson walks around at 220.. so he already can reach HW status.. give him tme to train.. he wants to fight only the Best.. I say Dana and Silva should put up or shut up and get Silva a fight with Fedor.. Settle it once and for all.
That was a simple way to state it, yes. It was also wrong.
Fedor's competition has not
been "much better" than Silva's. If anything, the reverse might be true, especially if you look at the last three years, maybe even the last four. Over that time, Silva's record is much better than Fedor's, and his competition has been much stiffer. Since April of '05, Silva is 11-1*, and Emelianenko is 8-0 (if you're going to put an asterisk on Fedor's loss to Kohsaka - and I agree that you should - you should also put an asterisk on Silva's loss to Okami).
In that time, Emelianenko's only win worth bragging about was his Final Conflict 2005 victory over Cro Cop Filipovic. His wins over Mark Hunt and Matt Lindland were either harder than they should have been or impressive turnarounds, depending on your point of view. His win over Sylvia was impressive as heck, but the fact that
he won wasn't. His wins over Choi and Zuluzinho were almost embarrassing (rumor was that Fedor apologized to Zuluzinho, in fact) and might deserve asterisks as much as his loss to Kohsaka does.
Anderson Silva's win over Chris Leben was basically the same as Fedor's win over Sylvia - he was the favorite to win, but it was an unexpectedly dominant performance. Silva's win over James Irvin was arguably more impressive than any of Fedor's wins in the last three years, with the exception of the Cro Cop fight, and it was arguably an exhibition fight for Silva. Don't forget that before Silva came along, Rich Franklin had little-to-no competition at Middleweight and was in the Top-10, Pound-for-Pound (I actually still think Franklin is Top-10 P4P). Silva completely out-classed Franklin, although if you want to be charitable, you could call it a bad style matchup for Franklin. And, finally, if you don't appreciate the significance of Silva's submission of Dan Henderson, you don't know MMA very well. Let's put it this way: Even after Silva's destruction of Hendo, people still
say Henderson may have the best chance of defeating Silva at 185.