“Start Talking About This Guy as the G.O.A.T”- Dana White Says Anderson Silva Has Conquered Boxing and MMA

Published 09/15/2021, 10:44 AM EDT


Anderson Silva fought Tito Ortiz last weekend in the co-main event of a Triller fight card. ‘The Spider’ earned a dominating first-round T/KO finish in his record. UFC President Dana White was blown away by Silva’s performance at the age of 46.

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The former UFC middleweight champion transitioned to boxing after retiring from the sport of MMA. Since then he has earned a decision win against former world champion boxer, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. And now he has completely schooled Ortiz. While White is skeptical of Ortiz’s quality as a boxer, he holds Chavez Jr in high regard.

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Anderson Silva, we honestly need to start talking again about this guy as the G.O.A.T. Not Tito, because he knocked Tito out in 40 f*cking seconds, but you know what, he did to Tito what exactly should be done to Tito. Knocking Tito out in 40 seconds is what should have happened in that fight,” said White.

Anderson Silva beat Chavez Jr,” he added. “He now left the sport in which he was considered one of the greatest of all time, possibly even the greatest of all time, goes out, beat Chavez Jr in a boxing match, knocks Tito out in 40 seconds,” White said further.

Tito had a good chin. Tito took big shots from a lot of guys who hit hard. Anderson Silva knocked Tito out in 40 seconds. Anderson Silva might actually be the G.O.A.T of combat sports,” he concluded.

Is Dana White right to say Anderson Silva the G.O.A.T?

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While Silva’s UFC career at the end doesn’t do justice to his previous record, there’s no doubt he set the benchmark high for every other fighter looking to become great. ‘The Spider’ was once as good as invincible. His legacy in MMA will remain unmatched.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his loss to Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

And now, the former UFC champion is raising eyebrows with his scintillating quality inside the squared ring. There are very few athletes who can compete with that sort of complete resume. So, White might just have a point here. Fight fans need to reconsider Silva‘s claims as to the G.O.A.T.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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