Is Anderson Silva MMA's Muhammad Ali?

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  1. Diggles

    Diggles Fred Durst's Life Coach

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    I know I'll catch some hell from the Anti-Brazil movement and then the boxing purists, but I feel like with every fight and every time I watch one of their fights again... the resemblance is uncanny. Now I'm not anointing Silva as MMA's GOAT.. just like I'm not saying that Ali is boxing's GOAT either (old school boxers will always say Sugar Ray).

    However.. their speed, unorthodox style, charismatic and sometimes abrasive personalities and overall dominance. Yes, Silva got beaten for nearly 24 minutes before he pulled an upset over Chael Sonnen. The way that fight was talked about, it seems as though its almost chalked up to a loss. Then again, Ali lost in his prime as well.....no one's indestructible. Mind you, Silva's camp claims he had a broken rib and still fought however this could be somewhat of saving face..

    Personally, I just don't think his overall charisma will ever be matched. After he got mauled by Chael for 4.5 rounds, he displayed probably one of the most electrifying knockouts in MMA history when he front kicked Belfort and then he made Yushin Okami look silly.

    After his fight with Silva, Forrest Griffin said "I tried to punch him, and he literally moved his head out of the way, and looked at me like I was stupid for doing it. He looked at me like why would you do such a stupid thing? Oh did you really think you were gonna hit me? And I felt embarrassed for even trying to punch him."



    No matter where you are.. if you say Muhammad Ali.. people get the point and what you meant, no matter the context. In a few years, and if MMA actually reaches the height that its on the rise to achieve.. I think Anderson Silva will EVENTUALLY (many years down the road) potentially gain a similar pedigree.
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    Diggles Fred Durst's Life Coach

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    This comment was brought to you and inspired by the Chael Sonnen postfight shit talk fest.
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  3. Identity

    Identity Shaq fears Yao!

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    i disagree. silva will never have the cultural impact that ali had. just research what ali did and you'll know why.

    silva is mma's goat if he beats gsp, whenever that happens!
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  4. PhilaTit

    PhilaTit Well-Known Member

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    Bas Rutten is in my eyes..

    Who would win in a fight him or Silva?
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    serge dot T Shotgun Serge

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    Fuck Chael Sonnen.
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  6. martymcfly

    martymcfly Well-Known Member

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    I don't think that any MMA fighter's going to have the cultural impact of boxing. Even now, Manny and Mayweather are bigger names than Silva.
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  7. TheProle

    TheProle Pls go, Milhouse.

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    Anderson Silva is the greatest MMA fighter ever. And I don't see that changing anytime soon. However, boxing is much more traditional than MMA, and it's got a lot more history so it would make sense for boxers to make more of an impact. UFC is only like 7 years old isn't it? MMA hasn't been around for too long.
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  8. THE CRUNK GHOST

    THE CRUNK GHOST 3PEATERS

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    serious?

    silva, easily, even if bas was in his prime
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  9. PhilaTit

    PhilaTit Well-Known Member

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    :funny:
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  10. My Name Is Bob

    My Name Is Bob New Member

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    Chael Sonnen>

    All of his interviews are HILARIOUS :funny:
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  11. THE CRUNK GHOST

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    bas was good tho, and well rounded for his time
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  12. PhilaTit

    PhilaTit Well-Known Member

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    Dude has the strongest leg kicks in the business, even more impressive when matched with his underrated boxing skills.

    We need more pound 4 pound tournaments like the OG UFC though..
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  13. billw84

    billw84 throwin' it down

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    if Anderson catches Parkinson's in the future after Chael beats him up in the rematch, then yes.
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  14. DeathChamberz

    DeathChamberz From the Page to da stage

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    Silva won the fight with Sonnen. Regardless if he was winning the fight Anderson made Sonnen tap out. He quit
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    stadw0n306 Well-Known Member

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    7? try 18 lol.
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  16. lightskintwin

    lightskintwin Black Militant Racist

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    Awful comparison.

    MMA is a fairly new sport with very little history; however it's popularity and exposure is on the incline.

    Give it some time, and you probably won't have to make these comparisons because somebody will clearly stand out and dominant while the sport is at it's peak on a global stage and captivate the audience in a way comparable to Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Manny Pacquaio, etc...
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  17. SprungyMC

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    Jon Jones is mma's big thing at the moment, I mean I love silva, and he is undoubtedly the best in the business, but jon jones is going to keep growing, and in a division that has lots of stand out performers, unlike the middleweight division, he is going to dominate and sooner rather than later is going to be right up there alongside silva.
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    There hasn't been an MMA fighter charismatic enough to be the Ali of the sport. Anderson Silva is imo the GOAT MMA fighter though. Ali's a name that goes far beyond MMA fans knowledge. Say his name and EVERYONE remembers a speech, a character, a style of fighting...for Anderson, MMA fans EVERYWHERE recognize him, but his fame doesn't go beyond the sport in a universal appeal fashion.

    Honestly the only personality in MMA that really had that appeal was Rampage but his story is kinda the reason I doubt anyone will ever reach a level like Ali. Rampage had that kind of appeal and Hollywood came knocking. He left the sport for a hiatus, almost didn't return and hasn't been the same since coming back.
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  19. ProfessorU

    ProfessorU Legendary Russian Fresh

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    This tbh
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