For years it's been a question that has caused millions of arguments on message boards all over the world. Who is the best fighter in the history of mixed martial arts? Was it the great Rickson Gracie, finishing all challengers and running a submission train on a hundred Japanese judoka and jiu jitsu aces in a single day? Perhaps it was Frank Shamrock, the sport's first believer in exercise science and the UFC's undefeated champion at 205 pounds. Some might put the crown on Fedor Emelianenko, who ruled the heavyweight division for much of the last decade.
Those people would all all be wrong.
Anderson Silva is an athlete beyond compare. His record inside the UFC's Octagon is umatched in the promotion's history.
Perhaps it is his destiny to be respected but never loved. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. Love him or hate him, we are all witnessing greatness every time he fights. At 35, his career is on it's final act. It's important we enjoy him every chance we get. There will never be another to compare.
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