Originally Posted by RearNakedStroke
I've gotta say I disagree with a lot of this.
The UfC MW division being the "weakest ever" is a pretty big stretch, but I guess thats a matter of opinion. Franklin is a very tough fighter and Silva ran through him twice.
He also beat Marquardt and Hendo who are also very tough fighters and came back from a 4 and a half round beating to sub Sonnen. And its not Silva's fault people don't get rematches. Hendo apparently demanded too much money, Sonnen is caught up in a controversy, and Marquardt keeps choking (not trashing Marquardt, it sux because hes one of my favorite fighters).
I wouldn't argue Silva would top GSP in the p4p list, honestly it hurts my head going over p4p because of too many variables and the fact that we'll never really know anyway.
I see your point but how many times has Silva gone out in the media and questioned his challengers credentials. He actively worked against fighting either Hendo or Marquardt when they were 1 and 2, he questioned Sonnen and he questioned Belfort. It seems the only guys he wants to fight are challengers who represent little danger to him, Leites, Maia, Cote or fight guys at 205 who are either non-factors, Irvin, or perfect stylistic matchups for him, Griffin. His initial 5 fights in the UFC were awe inspiring however since that time there's not really a lot he's done to justify him being #1. Especially when you consider what GSP is doing. That guy just goes out and dominates, never takes a round off, faces all challengers, respects all his opponents and continues to grow as a fighter. He doesn't avoid his opponents strengths as much as he chooses where the fight takes place and continuously presses the action. I thought St. Pierre was the clear #1 P4P two years ago, the fact that people still believe Anderson is the king now is mind boggling to me.