As I'm rewatching Anderson Silva's fightography since he joined the UFC, I couldn't help but notice many similarities to McGregor's rise. - Following his fight with Travis Lutter, in which Anderson was taken down and GnP'ed, many thought that Lutter laid the blueprint to defeat Silva. Very similar to the Chad Mendes fight with Conor. - Silva's striking was way ahead of the rest. Standing up, no one seemed to have an answer to him. Same can be said about Conor. Just like Silva's striking was way ahead of Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, and Vitor Belfort , Cono made Poirier, Mendes, and Aldo look like amateurs in the striking game. - Silva had a hardcore fan base that was very much vilified on Sherdog, and a dedicated hater base latching on the nuts of whoever The Spider was fighting, only to forget him after he loses and swing on the nuts of his next challenger. - There's an aura that was very particular to Anderson Silva's fights during his peak. Watching him enter the ring gave fans goose bumps, eyes were glued to screens, and his fights felt like larger than life events. That "don't blink" kind of aura is present when Conor fights too. I'm particularly interested in the opinions of more ancient Sherdoggers, who witnessed Silva's rise fully.