Following the HUGE debate about my GOAT poll I asked you, the members of Lowkick, to provide me with your take on who is the greatest of all time. The arguments came flooding in, and along with some staff quarrels, I've put together some of the coolest points of view. Check out the results below:
Mike Drahota says: 'The Spider Knows Best'
My pick for the greatest fighter of all time has to be Anderson Silva. I don’t think he fought the best competition ever, but in finishing the likes of Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort, he made it look easy. No one will ever match his fluid blend of Muay Thai and Jiujitsu. He was rarely if ever in trouble, and he busts out moves that make professionals look extremely silly. You just never know how the Spider’s going to get you, only that it’s going to happen.
David Saucier knows: 'Its A Hot Debate'
The greatest of all time otherwise known as the GOAT has always been a hot debate, and even the criteria for the GOAT can not be agreed upon by all the same problem exist in the pound for pound debate. Do we go strictly by the numbers, do we go by once achievements, grade of competition, performance/abilities, do we go for pioneers? To me this debate comes down to two people Fedor, and A. Silva. Although I was tempted to go off the popular path and go with my dark horse Frank Shamrock. One thing that bothers me about the HW division, and the higher weight classes in general is that the heavier the weight classes the less technique and well rounded fighters you will find within the division. In another words bigger guys can get away with relying on power to over come their lack in technique and overall skills that smaller guys need to focus on more in order to maximize the full benefit of that skill or martial art. So with that in mind I look to the smaller guys as having more talent. Anderson Silva In my opinion is the current GOAT he holds a very respectable record from his days in Pride, as well as KOTC, and other smaller orgs. Looking past the record I go by the eye test, I have constantly seen Silva make very good and well rounded fighters look like they never fought a day in their lives, and sometimes I feel like im watching a scene out of the matrix when I watch him fight. He knocks out guys with ease, accuracy of sniper out of WW II, with butal strikes from his bony knees, elbows, and his hands. . He has not lost in since his debut in the UFC, and only one man who fell on a needle of magic juice made him look human who he later destroyed in a rematch. Given what Silva has done at the same age that Fedor retired at makes it more incredible in my eyes. If Fedor picks fighting back up and has the same success till he is 40 then I might reconsider.
Bryan Fontez: '100% Fedor'
Evan Holober: 'Don't Jump The Gun'