Wondering if Anderson Silva is still the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet? Just ask Ed Soares.
“I believe Anderson is the best fighter on the planet, period. Any weight class. I believe he has a bigger danger to any fighter he faces than any fighter has towards him. Can he be beat? Of course he can be beat. Anybody can be beat, but you put him against any fighter in any weight class and I think he has a better chance of beating them than they do beating him. I think he’ll beat him. I do think Anderson can beat Jon Jones. Not taking anything away from Jon Jones. Incredible athlete, but he doesn’t have the experience and I think a well-trained Anderson Silva would beat Jon Jones.” – Fox Sports
That’s right; in a huge surprise to… well, absolutely no one, longtime manager and friend, Ed Soares, still believes that his client has what it takes to put a hurtin’ on Jon ‘Bones’ Jones – even after Silva found himself on the wrong end of a perfectly-timed KO, delivered by the newest wunderkind on the block, Chris Weidman.
And while no one can deny Anderson’s place near the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, they also can’t deny that – contrary to what Soares would happily tell you – the smart money would undoubtedly be on Jones. He’s taller, longer, heavier, younger, stronger, and – most importantly – is not currently dealing with the first KO loss of his career, and the psychological toll that can take on a fighter who is as used to winning as Anderson is.
But the real question is, will this fight ever take place?
I believe it will. But unfortunately, like Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva before them, this super-fight will more than likely come at a time where a lot of the shine has worn off… dulled by the advancing age of Anderson, and the loss (possibly losses) taken at the hands of the younger and seemingly hungrier Chris Weidman. And seeing as how both of these men have some fights to attend to, prior to any possibility of them meeting up, Anderson could very well be on the wrong side of the big 4-0 before this fight even comes close to taking place. Not a good milestone to hit, before facing one of the most dominant champions in UFC history… no matter who you ask.