The conversation regarding who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA is simultaneously fun and frustrating. We’re all convinced that we just know who is the best fighter in the world, and our argument is concrete.
Sadly, it’s mostly just a conversation, because until we see Georges St-Pierre fight Anderson Silva, or Silva fight Jon Jones, we’re reduced to comparing facts and figures to make our point on the matter.
It’s great to agree with someone about who is the P4P best. It incites a conversation that regales great memories in that fighter’s history, huge victories, and “Did you see that?” moments.
Disagreements in this topic, however, can get downright nasty. Records are compared, monumental victories and losses are held side-by-side, notability of opponents is hashed out, and occasionally chairs are thrown (but hopefully you’ve never come to that).
For argument's sake, I’m keeping this conversation to four fighters. After you disagree with everything I say, please don’t hesitate to harshly let me know so in the comments.