Originally Posted by YukonJordan
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.
GSP hasn't dominated in a way that Anderson has. GSP hasn't finished a fight in almost 2 years and that was to BJ who is a true LW. He has lost to Matt Serra (I know he won the rematch) and that would be like Anderson losing to Tim Credeur. He beat Hardy who was tailor made to lose to GSP. He beat Alves who couldn't stop a takedown. He beat the little Matt Serra in a rematch. He beat Hughes...BJ beat Hughes. I mean come on, you can make a case for any fighter that their past wins aren't that great. I don't understand how it can be mind boggling when the guy has won at an upper weight class and GSP hasn't. I don't care if GSP goes to 185 and fights the lowest guys on the ladder and wins, he needs those wins to have any fight against Anderson and #1.
And this is coming from a GSP fan....so it's not hate.
Favorite UFC Fighters:
HW-Cigano, Frank Mir, Cain Valasquez
LHW-Machida, Franklin, Jon Jones
MW-Maia, Gouveia, Anderson
WW-GSP, Hazelett ,Diaz
LW-BJ Penn, Huerta, Lauzon