Aura of Greatness: Pele, Ayrton Senna, Anderson SilvaPosted on September 5, 2011, 10:07 AM by Anton Gurevich
Due to personal reasons, I was unable to share my thoughts about Anderson Silva’s triumph in Rio. I may be one week late to join in with praise for “The Spider”, but still, there are some words that should be said (or in our case – written).
So here we go…
Silva’s performance against Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC 134 was without any doubt one of the greatest displays of Mixed Martial Arts in recent history. Whether you’re a part of “Chael Sonnen’s Army” or just some random internet troll - It removed any unnecessary questions around Brazilian’s status as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, human to ever kick, punch and grapple in one bout (that’s MMA).
Silva is great to the point it's simply annoying. Yours truly, just like many other so-called experts picked Yushin Okami to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. At least on paper, Okami had every required attribute to defeat Anderson Silva in Rio. Well rounded Mixed Martial Artist, 10-3 in the UFC, did a very promising training camp with Chael Sonnen, one of the biggest 185’ers in MMA… and so on. In fact, if I had to make a list of fighters who have the best chance to beat Anderson Silva, Yushin Okami would definitely make it into Top 3.
In the end, Silva made Yushin Okami look like a newcomer with a 3-2 record against tomato cans, or in other words - someone who has no business in fighting for the UFC Middleweight title.
The way Anderson Silva ridicules some of the best fighters on the planet is amazing. Just like Usain Bolt (and I love to compare MMA fighters to Usain Bolt), Anderson Silva can make a record-breaking 100m run look like a jog in the park. He can beat one of the best Pound for Pound fighters on the planet, Yushin Okami, without breaking a sweat. Those, Ladies and Gentlemen, are the qualities of one in a thousand years talent.
Mixed Martial Arts is just blessed to have Anderson Silva competing in this sport.
Because, make no mistake about it, if Silva was competing in soccer, he would be just as great as his legendary countryman Pele. Incredible creativity, unique style, and most important – the ability to make his opponents look b-level are qualities that made Pele a legend. And Anderson Silva just seems to share exactly the same aura of greatness.
If we take all the greatest Brazilians from any type of sports and compare their achievements, It’s hard to deny that Anderson Silva cemented his place in Top 3 alongside Pele (Soccer) and "Beco" Ayrton Senna (Racing).
Looking into future UFC fight cards, there are only two fighters I can think of on Anderson Silva’s radar who can really challenge “The Spider”. It’s Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre. Both are Pound for Pound best, and definitely have what it takes both technically and mentally to issue Anderson Silva his first defeat inside the UFC Octagon. But until then, Silva is the undisputed King of Mixed Martial Arts, and he will prove it over and over again.