Anderson Silva's "Perfect Fight"
At UFC 100, Georges St. Pierre dominated Thiago Alves for five rounds, winning a unanimous decision.
This performance, combined with Anderson Silva's recent performances, have been enough for many people to now rank St. Pierre higher than Silva on the pound for pound lists.
After St. Pierre's fight, Dana White congratulated GSP on his victory, telling him that he had "fought the perfect fight."
Aside from the fact that GSP did not finish his opponent, White was absolutely correct. Alves was considered the most dangerous striker in the welterweight division, but he was completely nullified but the well-rounded attack of GSP.
After the fight, it seemed clear that Alves simply had nothing to offer against St. Pierre.
However, as big of a fan of GSP as I am, I do think that I may need to rethink my appraisal of Silva's recent performances.
Against Thales Leites, Silva avoided being overly aggressive and seemed to hold back when he could have inflicted more damage upon his opponent.
Yet, what some people forget is that Leites is one of the best Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world. And after the fight with Silva, it was clear that Leites simply had nothing to offer against the champ.
Is there really anything more dominant than that?
Against Dan Henderson, it seemed at least somewhat possible that Hendo could have taken Silva down to the ground repeatedly, possibly winning a decision.
Against fighters like Henderson and Rich Franklin, Silva finished because it was simply too dangerous to just have them hanging around.
Is it necessary to re-evaluate the idea of dominance?
Because while it is flashy and exciting to see someone knocked out early, Silva and GSP have recently shown their dominance not by finishing their opponents, but by showing that after 25 minutes of fighting, their opponents never had a chance.
St. Pierre has the advantage of wrestling, which allows him to control the pace of the fight.
But if you look at Silva and his wins over wrestlers like Henderson and a plethora of well-rounded fighters, I think that his dominance is slowly being overlooked.
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