By now, all the angles have been covered on Anderson Silva. Enough superlatives have been used in describing his game to empty a thesaurus. All the rumination on his place in mixed martial arts history has been done, and all the questions about whom he should next face have been asked.
So rather than give you rehashed rundown No. 456,987 on the aftermath of the UFC middleweight champion's UFC 148 victory over Chael Sonnen, let's take a look at just a few of the numbers that quantify why Silva is the world's top pound-for-pound fighter and leave it at that:
- Fifteen straight UFC victories (16 overall), a company record
- Ten successful title defenses, also a UFC record
- A 6-0 record against former UFC and PRIDE champions
- A 3-0 record in rematches, all of which were finished in under eight minutes
- Twenty-two finishes inside of 10 minutes; 20 inside of eight.
(Official MMAFighting.com ranking policy: Fighters who are under commission suspensions are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their penalty).
1. Anderson Silva (30-4) - Reminded everyone who's the boss at UFC 148.
2. Jon Jones (16-1) - A win over Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 will all but clean out the light heavyweight division.
4. Jose Aldo (21-1) - Anyone else get the feeling Aldo will be OK to fight again just in time for the UFC's planned fall return to Brazil.
5. Junior dos Santos (15-1) - Still waiting on a new date for the Cain Velasquez rematch.
7. Benson Henderson (15-2) - Title rematch with Frankie Edgar is the highlight of a crowded August MMA calendar
8. Gilbert Melendez (21-2) - Same old song and dance: Seven straight wins dating back four years, but who will he face next.
9. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) - For all his heart, it's hard to rank him higher at the moment when his hand has only been raised once in nearly two years.
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