Who can beat Anderson Silva?

UFC’s middleweight divison is the weakest divison with the strongest champion.  So the title picture at middlewight is not bright.  Can anyone beat Anderson Silva?  I would say yes, but there aren’t many who can.  The middleweight division is tough and UFC is making an effort to remedy it.  The next Ultimate Fighter will feature middleweights, but I doubt any will seriously be able to contend any time soon.  Michael Bisping is dropping down to 185, he is good and will be a top 5 guy in middleweight, but not the top middleweight.  If Matt Hammil could rock him standing up, Anderson Silva would destroy him.  I am glad to see Dan Henderson dropping to fight Anderson, makes for another good unifcation bout.  I will rank my middleweights according to who has the best chance of beating Anderson Silva and in my opinion unlike the light heavyweight divison they should line up to beat Anderson Silva.  Again, this is not the same as my rankings.  My UFC middleweight rankins would be: 1. Anderson Silva 2. Dan Henderson 3. Rich Franklin 4. Yushin Okami 5. Michael Bisping.  Prior to Bisping and Hendo dropping the top four always included Silva, Franklin, Okami and McDonald, but none of them could challenge Anderson.  In fact there is a huge gap between Anderson and Rich and then Rich and the rest of the pack.  Poor Franklin is between a rock and a hard place.  He won’t get another title shot until Anderson is dethroned.  So here are my guys most likely to be Anderson Silva. 

1. Paulo Filho.  Some content Filho is the best middleweight in the world even ahead of Anderson Silva.  They are great friends and don’t want to fight.  I believe the fight would be great and translate to big bucks.  I’d love to see Paulo move over from WEC to the UFC.  Since both are Zuffa owned will his contract allow him to fight in UFC?  This to me would be one of the most anticipated fight in MMA.  If Silva wins and Filho looses in WEC anytime soon look for the move. 

2. Dan Henderson.  Dan is better at middleweight then light heavyweight.  I think he can beat Anderson.  he has to have a good night and Anderson has to have a bad night.  Dan showed against Rampage he could take a hit, but he has to be more aggressive then he was against Rampage.  He has to stun Silva to beat him.  I look forward to their match and I look forward to seeing Dan at middleweight.   He may take the belt. 

3. Matt Lindland.  Rumor us he has been talking to Dana White about a return to the UFC.  He wants to fight Anderson.  I think Dana needs to put his pride aside and sign a top 3 middleweight in the world.  I don’t know if Lindland can beat Silva, but he is a serious contender, and would be a good boost for the middleweight divison.  If he can’t beat Silva at least it would be some competition to the 2-10 spots in the divison.

4. Denis Kang.  He is a fantastic fighter who has a great resume and has fought some of the best, but I think he is a long shot, but nevertheless I would love to see him in the UFC

5. Matt Hughes.  Matt mentioend going up to fight Silva.  It could happen.  Matt has the rapport to get the fight if he wants it, but size may hurt him.  If he could ground and pound Anderson he may win, but I believe Anderson’s clinch and stand up is too much for one of my favorite fighters. 

6. Robbie Lawler. I would love to see Lawler back in the UFC.  Was his stint as a coach with Matt Hughes a starting point.  I don’t see him laying down his EliteXC belt though, and don’t see him loosing it.  I think he could really compete here.  He is a hard hitter, however he may get knocked out.  If Nick Diaz can knock him out I imagine Anderson Silva could too. 

7. B.J. Penn This would be a huge move up for B.J.  He can get the weight class, but I don’t know if he can beat Anderson.  I am a B.J. Penn fan, and on the ground he could contend, but does he have the desire to do it?  I have heard talks of it, but this one I dount will ever materialize.  Now, I believe we could see B.J. fight for the welterweight belt again some time in 2008 or 2009, but he would have to get in line behind Matt Serra, Jon Fitch and Karo Parisyan. 

8. Yushin Okami.  He hold a win over Anderson Silva, but he didn’t beat Anderson Silva.  Okami is a big guy, but that won’t beat Anderson Silva.  I wouldn’t mind the fight being booked, but Okami needs to beat one or two more quality guys before he gets a title shot.  He may not be very exciting, but he has been effective in the UFC, so perhaps he has earned his shot. 

9. Ninja Rua. Okay, I would much rather see Shogun move down to fight Anderson, but Ninja is a good fighter even though he lost to Lawler.  He is a legit top ten middleweight.  I’d like to see him in the UFC regardless and think he could be a good fighter in there and on a lucky day maybe he could get the best of Anderson Silva.  Now Shogun vs. Anderson would be exciting. 

10. Rich Franklin. He is the #2 or #3 middleweight in the world still, but we have been there and done that. Rich has pushed his luck with Anderson and should be thanking God that he survived two fights with Silva.  One more he may be done.   

It will never happen, but I woudl love to see one of those fights where Fedor fights a middleweight.  Fedor killed Matt Lindland and I suspect he would be Anderson Silva.  That is it!  Notice I didn’t even include “Twinkle Toes” Trigg or “Mayhem” Miller as I don’t see they have a shot.  There are some other guys who may get a chance guys like Nate Quarry.  Anderson has already beat all your other middleweights in the UFC worth anything (Leben, Marquardt, and Lutter).  Well if Dan Henderson can’t beta him and if Dana can’t get Filho or Lindland to fight him look for a long reign for Silva. 


17 Responses

  1. Robbie Lawler as a contender opposite A. Silva? Is this a joke?
    Lawler doesn’t even belong in the same galaxy as Silva let alone the same ring at the same time.

    Paulo is basically Anderson Silva without the world-class striking. Chael Sonnen made Filho look like he trained his standup at a YMCA karate class. Silva would demolish Filho.


  2. BJ Penn would beat him, Im pretty positive, his stand up is good beyond alot of other fighters, and on the ground he would punish silva, I dont see penn in his guard and not doing anything like everyone else thats fought Silva, if not that maybe if Pierre whent up in weight he would give him a good fight or maybe Quinton or even Lyoto machida or Noguiera these kids would put hands all over Andersons ass for sure or even Thiago Silva.

  3. lindland. the fight against rampage shows that his stronger than henderson and if he had a first round like hendo did against spider – spider would not get up.

    gsp going up maybe but that’s futuristic hypothetical.

    henderson could win 3 x out of ten at least. the first round shows this. the fight with spider was totally awesome however each time is a whole different fight. hendo could ko or GnP or decision against spider on a different day. people are narrow minded and always analyze things as if the last fight somehow would always replay itself.

    if shogun moved down healthy would be the only one to beat spider at his own game.

    sokoudjou if he could make the weight could be a terrible match up for the spider.

    Machida – at this point it’s hard to say where this guy will be stopped his skill level and elusivness is off the map – i’ll watch his next fights before forming an opinion

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  4. lindland could not be slammed punched kicked outwrestled – only very very slightly outmuscled (that’s if you are cool w. the decision) loss to LHW quinton jackson. i think he’d get spider down rather easily . it be like the first round of the hendo fight but a lot nastier and frustrating /

    i’d go with him over spider 7 x ot of 10

  5. while spider is a bit taller than fedor he’ not nearly as strong.
    his close up work was a problem for fedor, rampage. spider would need to desperatly keep lindland standing. the extra reac and those 8 amazing limbs. lindland would have to neutralize that – probably would i predict

  6. Cung Le would be a good match for Silva.

  7. Yea Cung Le.

    He kicks SO NASTY AND HARD SPIDER WOULD take him down though using reach to Gnp if on top, or BJJ it’s rolling around.

    Shamrock should have tried to take Cung Le down. Was a great fight but i npow wanna see what Cung Le can do on the ground with an elite groundman.

  8. If you have BJ Penn and Matt Hughes in there then what about GSP?? Wouldn’t that make more sense then 7000 year old Matt Hughes and a guy who lost St. Pierre once already?

    Oh but I guess you’d much rather see Dangerous Dave Beneteau fight Silva than a match that makes sense and is actually possible.

    Hey how about Anderson Silva vs…. A TIGER!

  9. id put money on the tiger

  10. lindland,
    hamill 2/10 x (if he gets to side control without too much damage.

    therefore filho.

    catch weight :
    (from below) :GSP ( or someone a little bigger and not even as good.) (also a bigger hugh’s)

    catch weight (from above-remember spider walks around over 200)

    fedor , page, nog, shogun, forrest,
    mark hunt, semmy schilt, gonzaga, barnett, kharitonov,

    not cung le, cause of reach and ground game.
    KO kicks usually come after at least a bit of successful attack

  11. shogun/spider fight would be pretty

  12. It is very very dumb to think the any fighter outside of a heavyweight could stand a chance against Anderson. And probably the only Heavyweights that could are big nog and Fedor. The only light heavyweight that has a chance against Silva is Machida, simply becasue he is impossible to figure out. For anyone the think that Anderson couldn’t beat Matt Hughes is a TUF ass noob. GSP could have a chance if he decided to take him down, which would only be successful 20% of the time. Bj is too small to bang with Anderson. Forrest griffin is a terrible fighter in all aspects of fighting, as shown in his fight with keith Jardine. Shogun just got beat by finished by forrest in what was the biggest fluke win in MMA history.i would love to see the caveman Gabriel Gonzaga even try and fight anderson silva. That would be a faster KO that silva’s fight with james ervin. 2 fighters have a ligit chance of beating Spider and they are Lyoto Machida and Fedor

  13. I didn’t read all the comments, but I think I want to see Silva and Brock Larson go a few rounds.

  14. dude anderson silva is such a beast its almost like he’s playing with his opponents

  15. 2 names who will destroy silve

    #1 Vitor Belfort

    #2 Hector Lombard if he gets into the UFC

  16. Anderson is pretty good but can be beaten. Sonnen showed us all that. The one person who could and would beat him if it ever happened is GSP. If they could fight at catch weight GSP would wear him down and beat him

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