Henderson and Belfort are widely considered the two best wins of the best fighter - certainly the best finisher - of all time Who is the #3 best opponent in Silva's career? #3 Griffin - huge LHW who used to step into the cage at 230lbs. Silva joined UFC as a WW. Underrated in sherdog #4 Sonnen - the enhanced Chael who took 5 rounds from Silva and dominated top MWs is one of the best MMA wresters ever at MW. Full of people more aware of his talk or Ls out his prime than his evolution in BJJ and kickboxing through his career #5 Franklin - MW champion when WW Silva arrived from "where competition is easier" and the most popular pick in sherdog. Solid case for #3 imo even if he loses to the bigger Griffin. #6 Horn - in the middle of a 31 - 3 MW-HW run conpetitive losses TO Arona, Liddel and Sobral. Finished Sonnen 3 times in that span. Maybe the most underrared masterclass in Silva's preUFC career. #7 Okami - arguably the best of the many top WW-MWs that Silva beat in his career. Did Matrix twice on him. #8 Marquardt - the best KO HL out of everyone in this list by a wide margin. Very highly regarded especially by fellow top fighters, training partners and coaches. #9 Maia - arguably the best p4p fighter in this list but Silva didnt really fought him at this peak. Still a great win but the lackluster perfomance makes it hard to pick this one. #10 Sakurai - one of the best lightweight sized fighters at the time. Despite his skill, probably an easier day in the office with him than with a huge 205lber or a juiced 185lber. #11 Newton - rather a case for #3 best finish to be fair. Top WW from back in the day though #12 Murray - classic in London against the local toughest badass NC - Nick Diaz - a case for #3 best P4p fighter in this list imo just like Maia, but even more undersized Could Derek Brunson beat everyone listed?