‘Anderson Silva was to MMA what Muhammad Ali was to boxing’: Daniel Cormier insists Israel Adesanya ‘has work to do’ to overtake legendary Brazilian as middleweight GOAT
- Israel Adesanya takes on Robert Whittaker in UFC 271 main event
- ‘Stylebender’ tries to claim he’s the greatest middleweight of all time
- But Daniel Cormier thinks he still has a long way to go to top Anderson Silva
- He said: “Anderson Silva existed, like, I don’t understand this recency bias that fans have”
Israel Adesanya has a lot of work to do before he can be considered the greatest middleweight in the UFC, according to Daniel Cormier.
The Nigerian-born Kiwi, who will defend his title against Robert Whittaker next Saturday at UFC 271, has never been beaten in the division.
Many believe he is one of the most talented 185-pounders ever, but Cormier is adamant that Anderson Silva is still up front.
Israel Adesanya will face Robert Whittaker next weekend and even if he wins, he still has a ways to go before he overtakes Anderson Silva as the top middleweight, says Daniel Cormier
DC Insists Silva Is Muhammad Ali’s MMA Equivalent, Called Out Recency Bias
He told ESPN: ‘Man, Anderson Silva existed. Anderson Silva existed, like, I don’t understand this recency bias that fans have.
“Guys, you can’t just – honestly, I think the word GOAT is too easy to use in combat sports. It really takes that the only person who does not pass is Muhammad Ali.
“There were some really impressive fighters, but people recognize what Muhammad Ali was.
“Anderson Silva was to MMA what Muhammad Ali was to boxing. No, Izzy has some work to do to catch Anderson.
Silva was one of the most entertaining strikers and had an incredible run
At his peak, “The Spider” was incredible and between 2006 and 2013 he won 17 straight fights, successfully defending his UFC title 10 times in a row.
Adesanya beat Silva in 2019, but he was in the midst of a serious decline at that time.
Cormier also had the chance to share the octagon with him and admitted he was impressed. He added: “I looked through the octagon and knew I was fighting Anderson at UFC 200.
‘Stylebender’ has looked untouchable at middleweight and is eyeing another title defense
“We did the looks for the weigh-ins and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m fighting Anderson Silva. Then when we walked into the octagon, I was like, “Holy shit, this is Anderson Silva.”
“It felt like the levels just kept rising in terms of appreciating who he was in the sport of MMA.
“Anderson Silva is MMA, the goat of mixed martial arts at 185. It’s going to be a long time before anyone gets past him.”