And The Best Fighter On The Planet Is...

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IJuly 20, 2008

After July 19th, one thing was solved.  We know either Anderson Silva or Fedor Emelianenko is the best fighter in the world.  Many already figured that out prior to the night though.

But of the two, who is better?

We hoped July 19th would prove decisively which of the two could emerge as the best of the best, but Saturday night proved only one thing really...nothing. 

Silva took a mere 61-seconds to finish James "The Sandman" Irvin, while Emelianenko nearly cut that time in half to finish the ex-UFC champion Tim Sylvia in 36-seconds.  Of the two, it's tough to say who's performance was better.

Silva stalked Irvin nearly the entire minute in the first round, waiting for Irvin to make a mistake.  Sure enough with a little under a minute into the round, Irvin left a kick out and Silva grabbed his foot.  He caught "The Sandman" with a nasty right jab, that sat Irvin down, and nearly out.  He proceeded to pound his left fist through the loose guard Irvin barely maintained, and referee Mario Yamasaki had to intervene.  On top of that, Silva did a nice little dance immediately after that was very deserving.

In Emelianenko's fight, it was a little less waiting, but still the same stalking.  Fedor unleashed a barrage of shots that downed Sylvia from the beginning, and after landing a few more shots while Sylvia desperately covered up, Emelianenko sunk in the always dangerous rear-naked choke, and Sylvia had no choice but to tap.  Afterwards, Sylvia was quoted as saying Emelianenko wasn't human.

So of the two, who is the absolute best? 

Maybe we'll never know.  Or maybe they'll sometime fight against one another to settle the dispute.  But as of right now, it is still up in the air.  To quote famous singer Enya, "Who knows, only time."