Blank wrote: solidkevin wrote:Have to do to be considered GOAT to you?
Not dance around the ring against very lesser fighters. When Silva retires, if he's still undefeated he'll be the GOAT in my eyes. Fedor just seems incredible because he took on fighters much larger than him and whooped them. I think they're too close to call really, I think Silva has fought a little harder competition though which will give him the edge.
Anderson's 4 losses to 'Asian' fighters
who weren't anywhere near the top of the heap when he faced them does not compare favourably to Fedor's losses to a BJJ world champion, a monster with good BJJ and a LHW who was fighting as a HW (his natural weight) who has a solid chin and a huge right hand to go with his wrestling.
All of Fedor's recent losses are to top competition (and the 'loss' to Kohsaka was a joke/bad decision that only happened due to it being in a tournament where someone had to advance since no alternates seemed to be available), all of Silva's losses were to lower ranked fighters (even if he was winning those fights, he still lost to guys that were poor quality opposition).
Even if Anderson retires with no new losses, I cannot see him being GOAT except in the eyes of those who buy what DW sells. This isn't a bash on Anderson, but he won't go unbeaten for 10 years facing bigger guys who were favoured to beat him. Silva just doesn't have that desire to face men his own natural size anymore, nor does he have the years left to go 10 years without a loss (unless he keeps fighting for another 5 years, which seems to be a really long shot).