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Anderson Silva still exists. So does GSP.

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Seems to me that every time Jon Jones gets a victory, he has walked on water, turned water into wine, and somehow become the best fighter in the world. Why?

Because he throws spinning elbows. Because the MMA media wants him to be, despite the other two dominant champions in the UFC having considerably better records. To the MMA media, something needs to be said: Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre still exist, and you need to start giving credit where credit is due.

At UFC Rio, I watched Anderson Silva completely destroy Yushin Okami. Prior to that bout, Okami had only lost to Chael Sonnen and Rich Franklin, and had never been finished in the UFC. I've also seen Anderson Silva make Forrest Griffin look like he had never thrown a punch before. He was the first person to finish Chris Leben in the UFC. He has the record for title defenses. He has the longest winning streak. Even when he had a busted rib and his opponent was juicing, he managed to defeat Sonnen with a triangle. Anderson Silva has triumphed over every hardship he has faced in the UFC, and has solidified himself as the pound for pound greatest mixed martial artists in history.

But somehow, Jon Jones is a better fighter.

Josh Koscheck twice. Jake Shields. Dan Hardy. Thiago Alves. B.J. Penn twice. Matt Hughes twice. Jon Fitch. Matt Serra. Sean Sherk. Frank Trigg. Mayhem Miller. Jay Hieron. Karo Parisyan. Since 2003, Georges St-Pierre has defeated all of these men, many at the top of their game. He is easily the most well rounded fighter in his division, if not the entirety of mixed martial arts. After tough losses, he has grown and succeeded afterwards. If he defeats Carlos Condit, he may have solidified himself as unstoppable in his division. Whether you like him or not, Georges St-Pierre is simply the best welterweight of all time, dominating in one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC.

But somehow, Jon Jones is a better fighter.

I don't hate Jon Jones. He has a tendency to make me roll my eyes, and a lot of times he comes off as a bit of a dork. I despise the hype behind him. Could he do many great things in the sport? Yes, he could. Is he the best 205 pound fighter in the world? Definitely. At the same time, he's dominating folks primarily due to a physical frame that puts him with a massive reach advantage over everyone in his division, on top of simply being bigger physically. Unlike Anderson and Georges, he is a young man with a heavyweight's frame (his body type is similar to Lennox Lewis, along having the same reach) in a division full of smaller men.

Am I asking you to hate Jon Jones? No. What I'm asking of everyone is to be realists. Yes, he COULD be the best ever. He's not there yet.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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