Posted 07/12/2013 by admin in Untethered MMA

Anderson Silva is no longer the number 1 pound-for-pound in the world and that’s OK

By Mike Fagan, July 12th, 2013 

Sixteen members of the esteemed MMA media voted Anderson Silva the number one pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Sixteen members of the esteemed MMA media need to get their heads out of their asses.

Here’s a list of offenders (courtesy of

1. Flavio Canto (Sensei SporTV)

2. Mauricio Deho (UOL (Brazil))

3. Heidi Fang (MMA Fight Corner)

4. Gene DeAngelo (WWUZ FM)

5. Dennis Holstein (

6. Michael Steczkowski (

7. Eric O’Brien (Clear Channel)

8. Bruno Massami (Gazeta

9. Ana Hissa (Mundo da Luta)

10. Mario Filho (OSS TV)

11. Kenai Andrews (MMA Crossfire)

12. Marcelo Russio (Canal Combate)

13. Jorge Correa (UOL (Brazil))

14. Penny Buffington (MMA Fight Radio)

15. Paulo Favero (O Estado de S Paulo)

16. Marcelo Alonso (Portal do Vale-Tudo)

These sixteen men and women apparently live in a fantasy world, where concepts like “shame” and “embarrassment” and “things that happened last Saturday” do not exist. This is the only conclusion one can reach that explains ranking Anderson Silva post-UFC 162 as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Because, you see, Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva at UFC 162. Weidman’s left hand flipped the switch on Silva’s consciousness, as difficult as that was to fathom just a week ago. That happened, despite the best efforts of our esteemed sixteen to plug their ears, stare at the floor, and make loud noises, before watching Herb Dean pull Weidman off the limp body of the now-ex-champ.

When called out on Twitter, Heidi Fang responded thusly:

“17 w streak, 10 title defenses, I don’t dethrone my #1 p4p off one loss with those accomplishmts (sic).”

(It cannot be confirmed at this time that Fang sent several emails to UFC support complaining that she could not vote Silva as middleweight champion.

What exactly WOULD it take for Fang to “dethrone” her #1 pound-for-pound? Would a second loss to Weidman seal it? Because – NEWSFLASH!! – Silva’s accomplishments aren’t changing any time soon. He’ll always have that 17 fight week streak and those 10 title defenses. Is Fang saying someone has to match those accolades before Silva retires (reports from the future regarding Fang’s second round of emails to UFC support complaining that she cannot vote for an inactive and retired Silva are, as of yet, unconfirmed) in order to “dethrone” her #1 pound-for-pound? Surely Silva’s future results play an enormous role in her rankings determination, right? RIGHT?

Now, some of you might think, “Whoa, dude, what the hell? These rankings are all made up anyway. Why you mad?” And yeah, on one hand, you’re right. Rankings are made up and they’re kind of silly and when our remains are hurtling toward the black hole that was our sun, no one really cares who the number one athlete in a simulated combat sport was on July 12, 2013.

On the other hand, shut up. If you think rankings are a silly construct distracting us from discussing real-world problems, I’d ask what the hell are you doing 500 words into an article clearly written about rankings?

Yes, rankings are sort of silly and goofy and all that, but they’re also worth discussing in a sport without a clearly defined schedule. Because, you know those things called “standings” in other sports? Yeah, those are rankings. Rankings that happen to be compiled in a more objective manner (wins and losses, dummy).

And it’s no great task to expect those that participate in the OFFICIAL UFC RANKINGS (TM) to exert some semblance of logic and objectivity. And I know there is more than one way to interpret the meaning of pound-for-pound rankings, but none of those interpretations should allow for a fighter coming off a loss to top the list. Especially when Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre have sat at 2A and 2B for a while now.

Speaking of which, remember when people ranked St-Pierre number one pound-for-pound following Silva’s clown act with Cote, Leites, and Maia? How the world turns.

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BREAKING NEWS: Brian Stann heroically retired yesterday. Stann, heroically, appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour to make his announcement. Stann fought 18 times as a professional, mostly in heroic efforts, compiling a 12-6 record and a 6-5 record in the UFC. Recently, Stann has picked up an heroic microphone in duties as UFC studio analyst for Fox broadcasts. Stann also made heroic news earlier in the week when Fox announced he would call ACC football games for Fox Sports South. Stann is an All-American hero who likes hero sandwiches and enjoys spending his free time playing Guitar Hero.