Is Anderson Silva The Best Pound-For-Pound Fighter in Mixed Martial Arts?

Why do some still doubt Anderson Silva?

When you think about the best p-4-p fighter in the sport, you tend to think of a guy with very well-rounded abilities. Silva certainly qualifies as that, but it's clear to me his wrestling is nowhere nearly as good as his striking and jiu-jitsu. It's acceptable and his other talents are so good that they compensate for his less stellar talent, but there's no denying there is a gap between his striking/BJJ talent and wrestling talent. Sam Caplan weighs in here.

That being said, is well-roundedness really necessary? Renato Sobral has good wrestling, good striking and very good submissions, but is nowhere near the top of anyone's p-4-p poll. Every facet of his game is high-level, but he is not the finisher nor the fighter Anderson Silva is.

So, I'm debating this in my head, but I'd like others to weigh-in here. What are the relevant criteria for establish a pound-for-pound evaluation?

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