UFC Vegas 12 preview: Anderson Silva leaving behind a complicated (and somewhat messy) legacy


Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is often considered “the greatest mixed martial artist of all time” … an odd distinction when you consider that time is a continuous, endless assembly line of the next big things.

Like this guy.

Perhaps it’s fairer to call Silva the best for a while, as ‘The Spider’ has reigned unchallenged for over six years, racking up 16 straight wins with an impressive 14 finishes. His level of competition hasn’t aged very well, but you can’t punish an athlete for the limits of his time.

As James Irvin explained to me in 2008, he only marked Silva’s fight because no one else would take him.


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