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Pound-for-pound rankings are subjective, but there’s a uniform consistency among pound-for-pound rankings that UFC middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva is at the top of the list.
Unless you ask Chael P. Sonnen.
“Look, here’s the reality with Anderson. I stomped that guy, and you can pick up his little arm as many times as you want and call him the winner, but the fact is I whipped his ass for 30 minutes. He got to jump on me for less than 30 seconds. He never knocked me down. I fell down. They say Anderson’s the best pound-for-pound. He’s not the best round-for-round,” said Sonnen during a media conference call on Monday.
“I have three 10-8 rounds my entire career. I’ve fought 49 men. Three rounds of my whole life are 10-8. That’s gymnastics’ equivalent to a perfect 10. It doesn’t happen in this sport. I doubt anyone on this call even has a 10-8 round (Jon Jones, Michael Bisping, and Alan Belcher were also on the call). I have three of them. They’re all against Anderson Silva. So, if you think Jon and Anderson are even close, I will run through Jon because I ran through Anderson,” said Sonnen.
“I don’t think they’re close. I think Jon is considerably better than Anderson.”
If the stars align with Silva winning his next fight and Jones winning his next two, a superfight between Jones and Silva could happen. Sonnen doesn’t subscribe to the thinking that Silva can beat Jones.
“Sometimes I hear that I don’t deserve this fight, or that I’m not the right guy, but then I hear that Anderson can beat him. You’ve got to be kidding me. I stomped Anderson Silva, twice.”
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