Dana White Says Anderson Silva Is The Best UFC Fighter Ever If He Wins At UFC 97

Is Anderson Silva The Greatest UFC Fighter Ever?

4/17/09 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

This video is very long, but the segment in question starts at around the 4:30 mark.


Dana White, in his interview for Saturday's UFC 97event, talked about Anderson Silva's UFC domination, and where it placed him among the all-time UFC greats. Dana has already said many times that Silva is the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, but he took it a step further this time.

When asked if a win on Saturday would make Silva the greatest fighter ever in the UFC, White answered with an emphatic yes.

"Yeah, I think he does. Yeah, there's no doubt about it. He's a humble guy. What drives me crazy and pisses me off all the time is when people try to debate whether he's pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world. You have to be out of your mind to not think this guy's the pound-for-pound best in the world."

Fanhouse's Michael David Smith mentions Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture as a couple guys who could make the case for "Best UFC Fighter Ever" as well. Personally, I would probably pick Royce Gracie. Fighting in an era when weight classes were unheard of and fighters would fight 3-4 times in one evening, he went 10-2-1 in the UFC, and won 3 UFC Championships. He beat great fighters like Ken Shamrock who were much bigger than him, and is in the UFC Hall of Fame.

Who's the best UFC fighter ever? Would Anderson Silva take that title with a win tomorrow at UFC 97? Give us your thoughts.


Dana White: If Anderson Silva Wins at UFC 97, He's The Best Ever in the UFC [Fanhouse]
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4/19/09   |   brianmc0331   |   10 respect

raptrbreth wrote:
 Oh and to make my point, great performance last night by the best ever.

You can not judge a man on one or two performances. You also have to take into consideration that he fought a man who looked like he didn't even want to be in the same arena with Silva much less the cage. Right Now Silva is the best period. Best ever is debatable. Like Dave said Matt Hughes should be in conversation for the Best champ ever. Now that being said outside the UFC Fedor, and Torres have a legitimate claim to the best pound for pound fighter.

4/19/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

 Oh and to make my point, great performance last night by the best ever.

4/19/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
The question was "Is Silva the greatest UFC fighter ever?"  When someone better fights in the UFC, let Dana White (and me) know.

 The first part of my statement states my reasoning for disputing that.  White states "What drives me crazy and pisses me off all the time is when people try to debate whether he's pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world. You have to be out of your mind to not think this guy's the pound-for-pound best in the world."  I am disputing him stating that.  Silva will not be considered, by most who have been watching UFC more than the last 5 years, the best ever in the UFC.  He is in a weight-class system, hence my comment. 

4/17/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

I hate Matt Hughes, but here is a very good argument, from Jake Rossen of Sherdog.com:

From Thursday's news conference comes trademark Dana White hyperbole: If Anderson Silva defeats Thales Leites this weekend at UFC 97, he is, without a doubt, the best pound-for-pound UFC fighter ever. (I'm paraphrasing. Add your own helping of profanities.)

He's excellent. No debate needed. But the best champion the UFC has ever had? What about Matt Hughes' eight title defenses (compared with Silva's four)? What about Randy Couture circumventing decomposition on multiple occasions to beat young punks, oftentimes at their own game, in a "prime" that lasted 11 years?

During his UFC tenure, Silva has fought three truly elite fighters: Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin (twice) and Nate Marquardt. All decorated champions, all formidable. Patrick Cote, Chris Leben, Travis Lutter, while all are dangerous in their own way, aren't likely to occupy any substantial chunk of MMA history.

So, four tippy-top-level fights, assisted by the fact that Silva looked sensational in all of them.

Compare his tenure to that of Hughes, who fought top-level contemporaries Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakurai, Frank Trigg, Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk. Or even St. Pierre himself, who fended off Jon Fitch, Hughes, Trigg and Penn.

MMA operates in a decidedly what-have-you-done-for-me-lately climate. Silva is on TV right now, in front of huge crowds, and backed by a PR machine that runs on rocket fuel. Any discussion of best-ever-ever status probably is best held after careers have ended and there's more room for perspective.

Of course, tomorrow's pragmatism doesn't sell today's tickets.

4/17/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

raptrbreth wrote:
Coming from the worlds biggest ego-maniacal tool, I take what he says with a grain of salt.  He seems to think that the only fighters that have ever been, are the ones who fight in the UFC since he has been associated.  Until Silva fights people that outweigh him by 100 pounds the point is moot.  As far as pound-for-pound, I guess that he thinks anyone not in UFC can't be considered.  He knows that Fedor has just as much claim as Silva but he refuses to acknowledge Fedor because Fedor will not bow to him.  Silva and Fedor are heads and shoulders above anyone else in the argument.  I just happen to be in the camp that Fedor is better.

The question was "Is Silva the greatest UFC fighter ever?"  When someone better fights in the UFC, let Dana White (and me) know.

4/17/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

Coming from the worlds biggest ego-maniacal tool, I take what he says with a grain of salt.  He seems to think that the only fighters that have ever been, are the ones who fight in the UFC since he has been associated.  Until Silva fights people that outweigh him by 100 pounds the point is moot.  As far as pound-for-pound, I guess that he thinks anyone not in UFC can't be considered.  He knows that Fedor has just as much claim as Silva but he refuses to acknowledge Fedor because Fedor will not bow to him.  Silva and Fedor are heads and shoulders above anyone else in the argument.  I just happen to be in the camp that Fedor is better.

4/17/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

A solid case could be made for several guys, depending on how you view it or which era or stage of the UFC one viewed.  Gracie and the Gracie family pretty much fathered the sport, and gave it the life it needed to grow into what it is today.  Randy Couture gave Americans great exposure to the sport, and as both a collegiate and Olympic wrestling Champion, he introduced another dynamic into the sport.  Chuck Liddell was the first real rockstar icon of the sport, winning a record 7 fights in a row in the cage in the UFC, a record that could be unseated by Silva on Saturday. 

With a win Sunday, Silva could quite possibly lock up his case for the title, but as a more reserved, respectable, and also non-English speaking fighter, Silva doesn't receive as much publicity as maybe a Liddell or a Shamrock (which probably suits him just fine).  That's not a knock on Silva's greatness as all, but maybe hurts his exposure in regards to the topic of argument.  We will see 2 strong cases on Saturday night, Liddell's possible resurgence and Silva's possible stamp on ultimate greatness.  Should be a great night for the sport of MMA, and for the UFC.  

4/17/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

You could definately make a strong argument for the Spider..... right now he's easily the most dominate in any one division.

4/17/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

He could be the best to this point.  He has the best standup of anybody in any division.  He is a blck belt in bjj.  He has great take down defense.  And who imposes their will more in a fight than the Spider?  I wont make any declarations about him being the best ever..  But his work in the octagon definitely puts his name in the conversation.