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Anderson Silva: B.J. Penn is the best fighter ever

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09:06 PM ET 06.26 | While there's some debate about who the best fighter alive is or ever was, there is one name on the shortlist almost everyone can agree is worthy of consideration: Anderson Silva. So here's the question: who does Anderson Silva view as the best fighter ever? "In my opinion, BJ Penn is No. 1," Silva told the media on a conference call Tuesday. Penn is a former lightweight and welterweight champion with a MMA record of 16-9-2. He is one of two multi-division champions in UFC history. Following his choice of Penn, Silva named Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie as his other choices for the best fighters of all time. Notably not on the list? Fedor Emelianenko or Georges St-Pierre.

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, Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
June 26, 2013  09:26 PM ET

The Iceman is

June 27, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Dude is dead-wrong. Anyone that has 9 losses can't ever be best ever. Do the math. GSP embarassed Penn. Penn was left whining about "grease" because he got so whipped.

Spider, Royce Gracie, GSP, Liddell. That is the Golden Mantle.

Notables - Penn, Couture, Ortiz, Hughes.

Bones will be there one day, still too young.

June 27, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Spyder, GSP and young Liddel, and Ortiz

June 27, 2013  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Dude is dead-wrong. Anyone that has 9 losses can't ever be best ever. Do the math. GSP embarassed Penn. Penn was left whining about "grease" because he got so whipped. Spider, Royce Gracie, GSP, Liddell. That is the Golden Mantle. Notables - Penn, Couture, Ortiz, Hughes.Bones will be there one day, still too young.

You cant count BJ's last two or three fights because he is obviously over the hill now...But "The Prodigy" at his best was a monster on his feet and on the ground

 
June 29, 2013  02:06 PM ET

Gracious of him to say so, but Penn only made me rewind to see what the heck he had done once or twice, Silva has had my mouth hanging open is disbelief more times than I can count.

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