Do rankings matter? Is there such things as a P4P list in mixed martial arts. Chael Sonnen brought up a good point when he dismissed the idea of P4P as a baseless argument akin to trying to convince people that Batman could actually beat Superman, though not many people believe that to be true. But it got me thinking about the way mixed martial arts experts in the media decide who is the best in each weight class and the best pound for pound.
When you think P4P most people think Manny Pacquiao because most people consider him the far and away king of combat sports. He's the most iconic fighter in all of combat sports and he's the only one who transcends the sport into the realms of Mohammed Ali and Mike Tyson. As far as mma is considered I agree with most of you here that Anderson Silva is the best pound for pound fighter in mma. He's earned every bit of respect he has and he's simply the greatest middleweight the sport has ever seen. There's no real reason for him to remain at 185 as a matter of fact. But Chael made another good point that I think most fans overlook. He brought up Jose Aldo being the 3rd best pound for pound fight in mma.
According to Chael Jose Aldo doesn't deserve to be on any pound for pound list. Now, here's my question to those who would know more about Aldo's career going back to WEC. Compare the conventional wisdom of Aldo being a pound for pound guy according to most mma fans and media alike, with that of Fedor. We had this debate over who's the best heavyweight in the world: Fedor or Brock Lesnar. Now the argument from Dana White and Brock Lesnar fans was that Fedor didn't fight int he UFC and that hurts his case, while Fedor fans argued that he cleaned up in PRIDE and he beat most of the heavyweights in the UFC because a lot of the heavyweights in the UFC fought in PRIDE.
Now is the same standard applied to Jose Aldo? DO we take him solely on his WEC record and his only fight in the UFC thus far and conclude from there, or can you make an argument that he doesn't deserve the number three slot on the pound for pound list? Personally my top three are Anderson Silva, George St. Pierre, and Jon Jones. But I wonder if it has more to do with Jose being a champion rather than what he did in the WEC. If so then Fedor was in fact the number one heavyweight in the world because you have to apply the same standard for Fedor as you do with Jose Aldo. Jose has one fight in the UFC and the rest were in the WEC and lesser known promotions. Furthermore you can make the case that Fedor fought better competition in PRIDE than Aldo in the WEC.
So what do you guys think about what Chael said, is he right? Are these rankings all for show or do they have standing? Was Anthony Pettis ranked too high based on a matrix kick? Why is Thiago Silva ranked in the top ten despite being inactive for a year and losing against Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans who rank higher than him?