Chael Sonnen: Anderson Silva is the ‘best fighter of all-time' if he defeats Chris Weidman at UFC 162

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen shares his thoughts on what a victory over Chris Weidman at UFC 162 next month will do for Anderson Silva's already historic legacy in the sport.

Despite saying once upon a time that Jon Jones is a "considerable better" fighter than Anderson Silva, it appears longtime rival Chael Sonnen is not overlooking the greatness of "The Spider".

Sonnen doesn't sing Silva's praises often, but with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder preparing for what many seem to think is his stiffest challenge to date against Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Sonnen believes the Brazilian is just one win away from solidifying his place as the "best fighter of all time."

"I can't wait for this fight. Let's understand, if Anderson Silva wins this fight, the debate ends: He is the best fighter of all time," Sonnen said on the most recent edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. "Weidman is absolutely Silva's toughest opponent. He was an underdog against Mark Munoz, he stepped into those lights, and he performed extremely well. He has a better top game, at least submission-wise, than I do and I had some success for several minutes with Anderson from that position. Weidman's going to get on top, he needs this - he's never tasted defeat."

Sonnen has shared the cage with some of the most skilled fighters the sport has to offer over the course of his 41-fight career.

And even though he said light heavyweight champion Jones is the best fighter he's ever competed against after taking a one-round beating from "Bones" at UFC 159, Sonnen believes defeating Weidman would give Silva the most complete resume in mixed martial arts (MMA) history.

While Sonnen has yet to make a formal prediction of what he believes will go down in the UFC 162 main event, it's possible he will side with Weidman because according to UFC President Dana White, "every fighter" is jumping on the "All-American" bandwagon to dethrone the longtime 185-pound titleholder.

For more news and notes on UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman," visit our complete event archive here.

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