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By the Way, Anderson Silva Has No Chance of Winning That ESPN ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time’ Bracket

(Props: ESPN Sportsnation)

Ready to get your hearts broken again, MMA fans? ESPN’s SportsCenter and Sport Science programs are collaborating on a new Greatest Athlete of All Time bracket, in which legendary athletes from 16 different sports go head-to-head based on a “unique metric that factors in attributes such as speed, power, reaction time and more.” Naturally, the MMA representative is UFC middleweight deity Anderson Silva, whose astounding 16-0 record in the UFC includes 10 consecutive title defenses.

Let’s get one thing straight: Anderson Silva is not going to win this little competition. To advance out of the first round, he’ll have to beat Olympic swimming golden boy Michael Phelps, and if by some miracle he pulls that off, he’ll face the winner of Michael Jordan vs. Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals. Silva is just a patsy here. Roadkill. A half-assed nod to fans of a fringe sport. To demonstrate how little ESPN cares about us, here’s how Sport Science host John Brenkus sums up Silva’s career:

In addition to numerous UFC and Pride belts, Silva has also earned black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, taekwondo and Muay Thai.”

Numerous PRIDE belts? Sure, zero is technically a number. (Is Brenkus confusing Anderson with Wanderlei Silva perhaps?) Not that it’ll help at this point, but you can still show your support by voting for Anderson in the poll on the Sport Science Greatest Athlete of All Time page. And tune in to SportsCenter next Monday, February 18th, to watch the Spider’s public-execution at the hands of that sandwich eating playboy.

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CWill859- February 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm
Personal opinion: Bo Jackson. And I'm not sure why Earnhardt made this list. The car would be the real athlete in that scenario.
coldbeer78- February 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm
I feel kind of embarrassed for asking, but who the hell is Mark Allen?
Dagnut- February 12, 2013 at 8:24 am
Iron man, triathlons....
shatterproof- February 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Phelps vs Gretz in the finals.
RearNakedSpoon- February 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm
A fighter that refuses to fight against the odds or even a fair matchup will never be seen as the greatest athlete of all time.
Could you imagine Dale Earnhardt demanding that everyone has less horsepower than him or else they are his friend so he can't race against them?
Fried Taco- February 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm
And if the rednecks knew how to work a computer, good ol' number 3 would take this hands down.
The12ozCurls- February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am
If they are going with the best "ATHLETE" on this list then Bo Jackson should win by a landslide but it will end up being a popularity contest and chances are Jordan or Tiger wins it all.

I'd vote for CPT. SwingDick if there was an "other" category.
Tai-Pan- February 11, 2013 at 10:02 am
Obviously this list is chalk full of bullshit, but no Hussan (sp?) Bolt... The fastest man alive... C'mon man
Pen Fifteen- February 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
"I'll take 'Examples of Shitty Journalism' for $600, Alex."
mma4ever- February 11, 2013 at 9:38 am
My vote by the way is for manny the anvil gamburyin......Sike.
mma4ever- February 11, 2013 at 9:34 am
Any interesting news........hello .....anybody .....heeellloooo fuck it.
Ogre- February 11, 2013 at 9:04 am
I just posted a comment on their site sticking up for our boy. You'll enjoy.
Xanderschultz- February 11, 2013 at 8:55 am
Atrocious list. These guys are just the best at their respective sports, not the best athletes. If MMA should have a representative, how about Herschell Walker. NFL, Olympic alternate sprinter, Olympian bobsled, pro MMA.

BASEBALL.... the sport who's most iconic figure was an obese alcoholic, has three representatives. Btw ESPN, Willie Mays and J Robinson seemed amazing athletes for the same reason Wilt was able to score 100 points. They were playing with a bunch of my pasty skinned, molasses slow brethren.
smellypiratehooker- February 11, 2013 at 8:51 am
Well I glad that they weren't swayed by Peles' recent loss to Mahteenko to ignore his athletic prowess.
Fried Taco- February 11, 2013 at 8:49 am
I predict Tiger Woods to take it all. Nothing is harder than swinging a thin stick at a tiny white ball.
Birdman- February 11, 2013 at 8:18 am
That's SUBWAY sandwich eating playboy to you sir!!!
RockdudeD- February 11, 2013 at 8:18 am
There's also no such thing as a black belt in Muay Thai, cause there's no belt system at all.
bgoldstein- February 11, 2013 at 8:02 am
And where is Tater Williams?
Rampages Conscience- February 11, 2013 at 8:00 am
What the hell. Where is Lance Armstrong?
Dagnut- February 11, 2013 at 7:43 am
12 out 16 from the U S of EH....and a Canadian playing a sport no one cares about....great list...a NASACAR driver? of all the great Motorsports heroes they pick someone who drives in circles for hours on end in front of a bunch in inbreds?