At UFC 148, the incomparable Anderson Silva will defend his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen. A rematch of their scintillating fight from UFC 117, this one promises to be a battle for the ages. And though Sonnen did well in the first encounter, he has his work cut out for him. The champion, without hesitation or doubt, is the best MMA fighter the world has ever seen.
That's not just my opinion. Using our own statistical analysis, Bleacher Report determined that Anderson Silva is indeed the greatest MMA fighter of all time. But statistics only tell part of the story. Sport is about moments. Memories. Those snapshots in time that we will remember until our dying days, the proverbial "tell your grandkids about it" moments.
Here, once again, Silva stands alone. He does things in the cage you struggle to explain, let alone duplicate. His diverse striking technique is so incredible, so masterful, that he stands alone as the greatest artist in the history of a sport.
There may never again be another Anderson Silva. These moments are the reason why.