Widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter of all time, Anderson Silva is not as good as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may try and have you believe.
That's according to Chael Sonnen, a man who fought and lost to "The Spider" on two separate occasions.
In his assessment, "American Gangster" says former Welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, is a much better athlete and a much better fighter than the former Middleweight king.
And he speaks from experience.
He said as much on his podcast, "You're Welcome," during his recent conversation with Nate Diaz, ahead of his older brother's (Nick Diaz) fight against Silva at UFC 183, which goes down on Jan. 31, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Check it out:
"I've fought Anderson Silva before, and I've worked out with Georges St-Pierre; and I had a tougher time with St-Pierre. That was my experience. I know it's style and a lot of things come into it, but I thought St-Pierre was far superior of an athlete and a fighter. I think your brother (Nick Diaz) has been in harder fights and that's my point. I think it's going to help him. I don't think he knows that and I don't think he will realize that until a few minutes out there. And Anderson Silva is very good, this is not meant to be a knock on Anderson Silva. He is not as good as they say he is. That's also a true statement. And when guys go out there and fight him, they will come away with that opinion. Everybody calls me before they fight Anderson Silva. And I tell them, 'Look, the guy is a good fighter, all that nice stuff. He's not near as good as they say he is. He's not as good as they will tell you he is. And if you go out there and waste half of the fight before you realize that, like Demian Maia did, you will not be able to beat him in a decision.'"
By that logic, Diaz's chances against Silva just increased, as the Stockton, Calif., slugger has already gone five hard rounds against "Rush" back in 2013. However, he ultimately came up short on the judges' scorecards.
And, despite their rocky history, Sonnen didn't deliver his statement against Silva in his usual Chael-esque way.
How about it, Maniacs, is this a weak case of MMA math or is Sonnen spitting the truth?