When Anderson Silva is scheduled to fight, usually you see an increase in “the greatest of all time” discussions, whether it stems from the media or promotional tools from the UFC. Of course, it’s understandable to have said discussion whether Silva is fighting soon or not, as we are talking about a man who has won all 16 of his UFC bouts, and has taken out many of the planet’s top fighters in the process.
So, in media call Tuesday to promote his July 6th bout with Chris Weidman, Silva was asked about who he thinks is the G.O.A.T in MMA, considering he’s been referred to as such numerous times. While no one should be surprised by the fact that “The Spider” didn’t say him, his answer likely raised a few eyebrows.
Speaking through an interpreter, Silva noted (quote via MMA Weekly.com): “In my opinion, BJ Penn is No. 1″, before adding Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie to the list. Notice the absence of Fedor Emelianenko.
Of course, many people would have Penn on that list, considering he won UFC championships at welterweight and lightweight, and has defeated renowned fighters like Sean Sherk, Matt Hughes, Kenny Florian, and Takanori Gomi, among others, during his decade plus career. How many people would have the 34 year-old legend as the greatest mixed-martial-artist of all time however, is another matter.
Silva will battle Weidman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 162 on July 6th. It will be interesting to see how the consensus G.O.A.T. performs.
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