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Biggest Legacy

crazedwombat2011-08-30 04:12:22 +0000 #1
Comparing the whole history of a fighter's career, who had the biggest legacy. Other poll options are for giggles but the two I focus on are Anderson Silva and of course Fedor.

Fedor Emelianenko

31-4

Major Wins

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira x 2

Kevin Randleman

Mirko Filipovic

Mark Hunt

Ricardo Arona

Heath Herring

Minor Wins

Matt Lindland - Due to weight difference

Andrei Arlovski

Brett Rogers

Tim Sylvia

Renato Sobral

Kazuyuki Fujita

Gary Goodridge

Mark Coleman x 2

Anderson Silva

31-4

Major Wins

Carlos Newton

Jeremy Horn - At the time Horn still cared

Rich Franklin x 2

Dan Henderson

Chael Sonnen

Vitor Belfort

Yushin Okami

Minor Wins

Lee Murray

Jorge Rivera

Chris Leben

Forrest Griffin

Nate Marquardt

Patrick Cote

Demian Maia

No particular order on names listed. Anderson is still at the top of his game on a 15 fight win streak against the best anyone could offer him and he looked great in his last showing.

Ignoring Fedor's management and his last 3 fights. Who will have the biggest legacy? Fedor was the greatest because he had 30+ fights and never lost, once he lost he became a fighter with 30+ fights. Silva has the same number of W/Ls but he has consistently fought the best MMA had to put in front of him. Fedor fought the best HWs out there in his golden age.

This was starting to be discussed in the Silva thread as a jab but I was going to start it anyway, have we found the new king of MMA to replace the last emperor?

I have no personal bias in this because I see Fedor for who he is and has been the last 5 years but respect what he's done in the past. I also can't stand Silva because I see him as two faced and annoying but incredibly skills and respect what he does.


Cbear2011-08-30 04:14:42 +0000 #2
Randy for the multiple championships followed by dancin andy
Guilty2011-08-30 04:46:16 +0000 #3
Is the Couture option a joke? Have to go with Dancin Andy, although I would love for him to go to 205 for the next couple years and truly cement his legacy. And as I said before he's been able to avoid anyone who can exploit his weakness for hte majority of his reign. However, Fedor legitimately lost to a guy who lost to Jake Shields. Andy is #1 right now, followed by Gisp followed by Fedor.
skeletonrock2011-08-30 04:53:47 +0000 #4
I wouldn't consider Forrest a minor win. He was a former world champion and a weight class bigger than Anderson normally fights at and he absolutely destroyed him. I think people expected that fight to be a little more competitive than it was (including Forrest).
BulldogWrestler2011-08-30 05:18:31 +0000 #5
I'd go with Anderson.

Fedor's legacy has been EXTREMELY tarnished (at least in my views) and he's looking more and more like a protected fighter who won a few big fights he was cornered into taking. You factor in the fact that he had a couple of HIGHLY questionable decision wins go in his favor (Arona, Nog) and that 2 of his 4 losses were complete domination - the other two were BS losses and one where he got "caught" (although that term is used loosely since it was a "legit" submission and not something completely out of the blue).

Silva, on the other hand - has been heads and shoulders above his competition and doesn't have any questionable wins. He has two legitimate losses - one where Takase pretty much dominated the fight, and one where he was still "very green" and taking a drastic step up in competition. Chonan "caught" Silva in a "once in a lifetime surprise submission" and Okami was gifted a win he shouldn't have received due to a BS DQ.

There's a lot of parallels there - but I think Silva is clear cut the guy over Fedor.

This article does a decent job of going over it:

sports.yahoo.com/mma...ba3b9e6fa08df77f3751
crazedwombat2011-08-30 04:57:04 +0000 #6
Nice article

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