The Spider vs. The Last Russian Emperor: Who's the #1 P4P Fighter Alive?

Mike BarrazaCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2008

In the sport of MMA there are four men that are most commonly referred to as being the best pound for pound fighters in the world: Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Fedor Emelianenko, and BJ Penn.

Out of those four, two are the topic of most debates: Fedor "The Last Russian Emperor" Emelianenko and Anderson "The Spider" Silva.

So which fighter is the best? Fedor, or Anderson? I'll answer that question, or try to, by looking at both men's careers, their opponents they've beaten, how dominant each man has been, and try to compare and come up with a winner.


Anderson Silva(21-4-0)

Chris Leben- First round TKO

Rich Franklin(twice)- First round TKO, Second round TKO

Travis Lutter- Second round submission

Nate Marquardt- First round TKO

Dan Henderson- Second round submission


Anderson Silva has been a very dominant fighter since he entered the UFC, and outside of the UFC he holds notable wins over Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakurai, Jeremy Horn, and Jorge Rivera. He also has losses to Luiz Azerado, Daiju Takase, Ryo Chonan, and Yushin Okami(disqualification from illegal head kick) that he has yet to avenge. Out of 21 wins, 12 have not gone past the first round.


Fedor Emelianenko

Semmy Schilt- Unanimous Decision

Heath Herring- First round TKO(doctor stoppage)

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira(twice)- Unanimous decision(twice)

Kazuyuki Fujita- First round submission

Mark Coleman(twice)- First round submission, Second round submission

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic- Unanimous Decision


Fedor Emelianenko hasn't lost a round since 2001, and his only loss, due to a cut from an illegal elbow strike in a 2000 match with Tsuyoshi Khosaka, was avenged in a rematch in 2005 that ended in the first round. He holds notable wins over Ricardo Arona, Renato Babalu Sobral, Naoya Ogawa, Mark Hunt, and Matt Lindland. Out of 28 wins, 19 have not gone past the first round.


The Comparison:

Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko are both very talented and dominant fighters with similar opponents they've beaten in terms of rankings and significance.

Anderson has beaten Rich Franklin twice, which could be equaled to Fedor beating current UFC Interim Heavyweight champ and top ten pound for pound fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on two occasions.

Fedor holds wins over Mirko Cro Cop and Heath Herring, which is equal to Anderson's wins over Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt. Anderson's wins over Chris Leben, Travis Lutter, Hayato Sakurai, Jeremy Horn, and Tony Fryklund are arguably the same as Fedor beating Kevin Randleman, Kazuyuki Fujita, Ricardo Arona, Naoya Ogawa, and Mark Coleman.

Both men have also faced opponents that have never had any big name wins or rankings. So it would appear that they are equal right? Wrong. One difference is that Anderson has four losses to unranked fighters(except Okami) that he hasnt avenged, while Fedor has only one loss that he has avenged.

Fedor has also fought more, won more, finished more fights in the first round, been completely dominant in every fight that has gone the distance since 2002, and has yet to be finished in a fight.

Fedor may not be fighting top competition now, like Anderson is, but he was fighting top guys when Anderson wasn't. Until someone can surpass his dominance, or beat him, Emelianenko is still king in my book.

Winner: Fedor Emelianenko

I know a lot of you will think I'm biased or dumb, but let me just say that I am a huge fan of both fighters and I just went with who I think is best. But enough chat, let the hate filled comments begin!