If anyone was doubting Anderson Silva’s greatness, he issued a clear reminder of it last night in Rio.
Silva defended his UFC middleweight championship a record ninth time against the highly regarded Yushin Okami and did so seemingly with less difficulty than one might have in changing a tire. Silva absolutely outclassed Okami, making Thunder look like an amateur, at best. Following his second round TKO victory, UFC president Dana White reaffirmed his belief that the ever-impressive Silva is the best fighter on the planet — bar none.
“You’re out of your mind if you don’t think this guy is pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world,” White said at the post-fight presser. “People will say, ‘Oh, he needs to be challenged.’ The 185lbs. division has a ton of great fighters, the reality is this guy is so good he makes it look like it’s not.”
In regards to challenges, a proposed super-fight between Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been bandied about for months now and White said last night that it’s getting to a point where that fight will simply have to be made, even if White predicts logistical issues.
“I think there’s a couple of other fights out there for him at ’85, and it’s clear — number one — that fans want to see this fight, and Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre are both getting into a position here pretty soon, they both only want really big fights, but they’re getting into a position here where that fight’s going to make sense. I honestly believe, there’s a couple more fights for Anderson and Georges, and if they both win, I honestly don’t know if there’s a stadium big enough for that fight.”