Legends the ilk of Fedor Emelianenko and St-Pierre may get mentioned in the same breath as Silva, but that's about it.
Some fighters have flirted with his level of success—and others may attempt to duplicate it in the future—but no competitor in the history of MMA has accomplished what Silva has in his almost 16 years as a pro.
Silva scored some significant wins over renowned opponents before joining the UFC. However, since dismantling Chris Leben in his first bout with the promotion at Ultimate Fight Night 5, The Spider's undoubtedly morphed into the world's most dangerous and efficient mixed martial artist.
Silva's prevailed in 15 straight UFC bouts since his debut, including 11 in title scraps. In that remarkable run, Silva's allowed just two fighters, Demian Maia and Thales Leites, to survive for a judges decision.
Additionally, with his TKO of Sonnen at UFC 148, Silva tied Joe Lauzon for a company-record 12 post-fight bonuses.
The Spider has also flexed his clout in the UFC's light heavyweight division, easily outclassing larger and more powerful opponents like James Irvin, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.
Upper-echelon stars like St-Pierre, Jon Jones and Benson Henderson certainly possess the abilities to some day challenge the many records Silva's set. But until then, no fighter will have a greater influence on the sport than The Spider.