P4P Rankings: Is it time for a change?
Following Anderson Silva’s second-consecutive stinker, Sherdog.com has been internally debating this week’s upcoming pound-for-pound rankings and the placement of its current top dog.
Let’s take a look at the current top four:
1. Anderson Silva
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Miguel Torres
I, for one, believe Fedor’s résumé and quality of recent violence against former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia overshadows the accomplishments of both Silva (back-to-back snoozers) and St. Pierre (loss to Matt Serra).
Quite simply, Fedor is GSP without the mistakes and Silva sans the recent boredom.
However, support still remains strong for “The Spider” with other rankings brass, as Jordan Breen swears by continuity and the string of victories Silva has pieced together in the Octagon.
“In the last three years, Silva is 10-0, with just Thales Leites making it to the final bell,” said Breen. “Five of those opponents are top-10 fighters within his division (Rich Franklin twice, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson and Leites).”
Breen continued, “Two of them were arguable pound-for-pound entrants (or at the very, very least, Top 15 guys in the pound-for-pound realm) when Silva housed them (Franklin the first time around and Henderson).”
The stubborn radio host prefers both Silva and St. Pierre over “The Last Emperor.”
“Emelianenko, for as brilliant as he is (see: very), has beat two top-10 fighters in three years in one of MMA's thinner weight classes,” declared the Halifax native. “Although it is not as simple as pure addition, pound-for-pound ranking reflect the sport's contemporarily most accomplished and meritorious fighters, and while Emelianenko may have it within him to destroy the whole of the heavyweight division, he has actually completed only a small fragment of it, albeit in brilliant fashion.”
Updated Sherdog.com pound-for-pound rankings will be released this week.
Where do you rank them?
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