Silva's reign came to a shocking halt last week, and we may never see him in the octagon again. He is, in many fan's minds, considered the GOAT. I have a certain amount of respect for what he's done in his career, but was he really that great? I mean, the level of competition that he's faced is not even near what other champions faced in more competitive divisions. Look at how stacked the competition is at HW LWH and WW. We get juicy match ups every single time. From the list of fighters that Jon Jones has faced, and the fights for Cain Velasquez. But who has Silva faced that is really that great? I'd say the only one that's respectable on that list is Dan Henderson. VItor? But that was pre TRT, and pretty boy Rich Franklin wasn't exactly scaring anyone. Chael Sonnen? Really? Why was he fighting AS or Bone Jones in the first place? Only the MMA gods know that one.
I was longing for Silva to fight Machida. I was longing for that "Superfight" between him and GSP or him and Bones Jones. I wanted to see if his success at MW translated to success against the best at other divisions. Can you blame AS for getting bored and losing his focus? He was so bored and disinterested in the fight with Weidman, it was absolutely ridiculous how he was behaving in there! But I have to say, against Weidman, his antics seemed like the antics of a bully that has met his match and was posturing for the onlookers. He looked overmatched on the ground, and as I watching the fight, it seemed constantly that he was on the ropes and barely hanging in there. My buddy had a grand hanging on the fight, so you could imagine the tension in the room during the fight. From the ground and pound to the heel hook to Weidman dropping his hands and daring SIlva just as much as he was getting clowned. It seemed like Silva was in danger during the entire fight.
Silva was a great fighter that benefitted from being in the least competitive weight class in the UFC, and when he decided to venture outside of it, he faced slow un-athletic cavemen, like Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. He's like the NJ Nets in the early 2000's. The best in the Pathetic Eastern Conference, but did not stand a chance against any team coming out of the West. Anderson Silva, the greatest of all time? Please~~