Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is widely regarded as the greatest fighter in the history of Mixed Martial Arts and the top pound for pound fighter, but according to his one time nemesis, the Brazilian is not as good as the UFC has people believe.
Chael Sonnen, who suffered two consecutive defeats at the hands of the Brazilian believes former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is a more complete fighter as well as the better athlete when compared to The Spider.
And the American Gangster says he talks from experience when he makes the comparison and as a result, he is the best person to make a judgement.
Sonnen was speaking to Nate Diaz in a talk show as the UFC builds up to the Nick Diaz v/s Anderson Silva fight at UFC 183 in January, 2015 where he said that he has fought with Anderson Silva twice and he has worked with Rush as well and he had a much tougher time against the Canadian than the Brazilian.
Chael Sonnen said that was his own experience, adding that he knows style and swagger do make their way into the comparison but in terms of pure athleticism and talent, Rush was far superior compared to Anderson.
He told Nate Diaz that he believes his brother has been in fights that have been a lot tougher and he doesn’t think Nick Diaz will realize that a few minutes into the fight. But Chael Sonnen reiterated again that Silva is very good and his comments are in, no way, meant to be derogatory towards him, but he is just not as good as the UFC has people believe.
The American said that Nick Diaz has a good chance of beating Anderson especially now that he is coming back from injury and is not in prime condition.