With all of the success Fedor has had in his fighting career, its very hard for his critics to argue that he isn't the "best of all time".
But to say that he is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world is...laughable to say the least.
Fedor couldn't even beat many of the UFC's top lhw fighters.
Lyoto Machida, Shogun Rua, Jon Jones, Rampage Jackson, and Rashad Evans would all pose tremendous threats for the small heavyweight.
But the other day, I came to an even crazier conclusion.
Fedor couldn't even beat the UFC's top middleweight fighter!
Thats right folks!
People claim that Fedor is the best fighter at 265 pounds when he couldn't even beat someone who weighs in at 185 pounds!
Anderson Silva is the undisputed pound-for-pound champion of all time.
He could easily defeat Fedor.
Here are my top ten reasons why...
1) Silva would never get caught in Fedor's mystique.
When you are as good as Silva is, the only mystique you will ever be caught in will be your own. With 10 consecutive wins, Silva holds the longest active winning streak in the UFC and the record for the longest winning streak in UFC history.
No fighter in the UFC has achieved the same amount of success as Silva, while Fedor hasn't even had the pleasure of fighting in the octagon.
2) Fedor has never fought a fighter with talented hands like Silva.
The closest Fedor has fought to someone having talented hands was Andrei Arlovski. And AA gave him competition until he got too damn excited and went for a foolish flying knee.
But Silva has way better boxing. A very good boxer with a good ground game would give Fedor a very tough fight.
3) Silva has the intelligence to play with Fedor.
Silva has been in trouble where one thinks he may lose and he comes back to win in impressive fashion. He also studies his opponents in a very relaxed manneraAnd is very patient, never getting too excited while remaining calm and collective. He lost to Henderson in the first round but figured out Henderson's weakness and came back to win.
Fedor is virtually the same, but with Silva he would finally have a competitive chess player across the board.
4) Either way Fedor tries to calculate his gameplan, Silva will be a step ahead.
Fedor can be an aggressor or he can be the calculator, like he was when he fought Cro Cop. But Fedor cannot beat Silva if he tries to calculate his plan because Silva's stand up is better. And if Fedor tries to be the aggressor, he will fall into the death trap of Silva's counter like every other octagon foe has to date.
5) Silva has a longer reach.
Yeah, so did Hong Man Choi, Sylvia, Rogers and many others. But Silva is also very quick on his feet. Very elusive and evasive and has power combined to make his reach very difficult for a short fighter like Fedor.
6) Silva has a black belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.
Fedor's toughest test on the ground has usually came from BJJ grapplers. He may have submitted wrestlers, strikers, and giant freaks, but he has never submitted anyone with world class grappling with the exception of Matt Linland.
Fedor was put in two Americana armbar attempts by Mark Hunt, who had very minimal grappling skills. And Rogers gave Fedor a tough run on the ground.
Silva has submitted world class grapplers, while guys with world class BJJ like Thales Leites could not even take him to the ground.
7) Silva has natural KO power. Fedor does not.
Just not the same type of power. Fedor's power comes from him putting his whole body weight behind his punches. Silva's power comes from his raw striking ability combined with his striking technique. He will wait for you to come in close to use your weight against you as you fall onto his punch, or he will just use his natural striking accuracy when countering and catch you with rapid powerful shots.
Rampage could not knock out Forrest who is a natural hw. Silva destroyed him. Cote nor Terry Martin could not drop Leban the way Silva did.
8) Silva has beaten World Class Grapplers and Wrestlers In Their Own Game.
Silva destroyed a more powerful Marquardt, who is a dangerous former Pancrease fighter. He choked out Greco Roman Wrestling Olympian Dan Henderson. Silva has lost by submission in the past, but these losses came at a time when "The Spider" was still developing his skills. Fighters improve. Just like Fedor probably would have been ko'd by Cro Cop had they fought in 2000 as opposed to them fighting in 2005.
9) Silva has better striking.
Fedor's Russian style boxing has worked for him especially with his short reach. But Silva's boxing mixed with his raw Muay Thai skills makes him by far the best overall MMA striker today in MMA. Silva at 220 pounds (which is his walking weight) would have him strike with even more power and along with his quick reflexes and short reach, he would give Fedor too much on the feet for him to handle.
10) Anderson Silva is too damn quick.
Fedor is very quick. But Silva is quicker, has more fluency on his feet and hands, and is just plain out more evasive and elusive.
If Silva can make Forrest Griffin look like a fool, then just imagine what his speed would do to the sluggish 230 pound Fedor.
- So tell me fight fans...
How can Fedor be the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, when the UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, can whoop his ass?