38-year-old middleweight Anderson 'The Spider' Silva is the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC. It's math:
•16-fight winning streak (five more than second place GSP).
•Ten consecutive title defenses (two more than GSP).
•81 consecutive months as champion (18 months ahead of GSP).
However, the UFC recently sent out quotes from 16 fighters, saying Silva would or maybe probably could most likely lose to undefeated Weidman Saturday night.
The champion was amused.
"In my house, there is a guessing tree," said Silva. "But it never guesses anything right."
Silva is not young. In contrast, Fedor Emelianenko who went 0-3 against high level competition before going 3-0 against lesser fighters and retired, is two years younger. So why does Silva fight on?
"What motivates me is to be able to do what I love to do, which is to fight," said Silva through an interpreter. "I love to fight. I love the preparation. I love to learn new things, always overcoming myself. I love being in the gym and everything involved in it."
Does Silva think he the GOAT? He never told his manager, Ed Soares.
"He's never said to me that he thinks he's the greatest," said Soares. "What he's said is, 'Ed, I think I can do things that other people think are impossible.'"
"I really believe he'll know when to hang it up. But right now, he seems to be getting better and better."
Does Silva even worry about his legacy? UFC president Dana White says yes, and more.
"He does care about his legacy," said White. "And none of them like to say it in public - he cares about making money, too."
Silva was asked what was missing - beating Weidman, a superfight with GSP, a superfight with Jon Jones - for him to see himself as the greatest?.
"It's not one specific thing," said The Spider. "It's not that there's something missing. It's just a question of being able to say that once I'm finished.
"Maybe one day when I'm retired, I can turn around and tell you, 'Hey, I was really good at that. Maybe I was the best.'"
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