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Photo Evidence: Anderson Silva Trains Rich Franklin to Beat Wanderlei’s Pretentious Ass

(Props: these guys, who should really look into a less obnoxious watermark for their photos. Just saying.)

Well, Anderson Silva is officially dead to Wanderlei Silva now.  Here he is training Rich Franklin, who will fight “The Axe Murderer” at UFC 99 in Germany, and also presumably whispering to him about where to find the secret Brazilian “off-switch” to put Wanderlei’s lights out.  Hint: it’s located somewhere in the chin region.  In the past Brazilians have often balked at the idea of training a foreigner to fight one of their countrymen, but Anderson is like Bruce Lee: he teaches whoever wants to learn.  Especially if that person is about to fight someone he’s not particularly fond of at the moment.

In other Anderson Silva news, “The Spider” has now dropped out of the number one spot in the Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound rankings.  In fact, he’s been pushed all the way to third by a tie between Fedor Emelianenko and Georges St. Pierre, all due to his lackluster performance against Thales Leites at UFC 97. 

Yours truly is a pollster in the Yahoo! rankings, and as bullshit as I thought Silva’s performance was I still ranked him number one.  Sure, he failed to entertain us in his last two fights, but he also showed zero vulnerability.  Moving him down in the rankings because we don’t like his new “perfect” fighting style seems more punitive than anything else.  If you’re curious here’s what my rankings looked like:

1. Anderson Silva
2. Fedor Emelianenko
3. Georges St. Pierre
4. Miguel Torres
5. Rashad Evans
6. Lyoto Machida
7. Urijah Faber
8. B.J. Penn
9. Shinya Aoki
10. Quinton Jackson

You may now begin telling me how wrong I am.  I’ll just be over here making myself a sandwich and watching "Magnum P.I." reruns while you do that.

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cr_trinity- May 8, 2009 at 6:02 am
I still can't fucking believe Silva is training Franklin. This is too WWE style for me. Please explain why this is happening; if there is an article here explaining the situation, please put a link up on the next article concerning this topic.

Damn. I suppose you would listen to the advice of someone who fucked you up twice, once in front of your mother. They gotta know their shit.
Anonymous- May 8, 2009 at 1:29 am
what type of training is that with Anderson holding a shoe lace or something?
Your Dumb!!!- May 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm
This is the correct answer to the top 10 dilemma
Poo Flinger- May 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm
List seems good, just bounce BJ out of it though. Last time he won was a year ago against Sherk. And BJ did not "Go" for four rounds with GSP. So I say bounce BJ off of the list and maybe add Fitch at #10.
nippletwist- May 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm
faber didn't make my list, i have brown at 7, and i have rampage at 9 with shinya at 10. besides that we have identical lists. hooty hoo!
BackbaconBilly- May 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm
Nobody has beaten as many much larger opponents than Fedor,he is KING of the freaky fight and therefore HAS to be the overall p4p champ. But not only does a p4p champ have to beat larger opponents he must beat larger HIGH QUALITY opponents. That being said p4p is really just an innacurate stat, especially when most fighters weigh in at their respective weight class and then proceed to pack on 10-20-30 lbs for the actual fight.
Ethan- May 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm
1. Silva/Fedor (Fedor did take dmg from Arlovski, but he's no joke)
2. GSP (GSP definately has the tools to beat Silva, phenomenal wrestler)
3. BJ Penn (Great fighter, bad loser)
4. Miguel Torres (Great promoter for the sport)
5. Rashad Evans/Lyoto Machida (gonna be a gooood fight)
6. Quinton Jackson (Gotta love Quinton)
7. Thiago Alves (way more impressive in his last bouts than Faber)
8. Nick Diaz (always had cut trouble, had surgery and has been on top of it since)
9. Shinya Aoki (One trick wonder)
10. Frank Mir (Man i hope he wins, but lesnars a scary m'fer

Note: Lesnar needs more fights to be considered.
Anonymous- May 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Fedor #2 wtf?
SCM- May 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Shut up. Hater.
Anonymous- May 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm
All this B.S. about Fedor not deserving to be number one is exactly that, B.S.! Just b/c he wont bow down to Dana Fucking White! Even Dave Fuckin Doyle over at Yahoo is already throwing a dig at Fedors' next (possibly) opponent, Josh Barnett. Saying he's not the Barnett of old basicly. Nothing Fedor does will convince you Dana Fucking White ball huggers he's the best, PERIOD! I hope that Magnum P.I. rerun & that sandwich hit the spot, b/c if u still voted for Anderson to be number one, u must be Dana Fucking Whites' number one ball hugger!
SCM- May 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm
@ Anonymous, Im sure just being in the presence of Anderson will give him a better chance at winning. I guarantee it will help out Rich though dude even though your right about the session not being longer than a week or so. Anderson is a beast.

As for the rankings, Id take BJ out of top10. Everything else is alright in my opinion.
CrownedTerror- May 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm
Wow CAPS LOCK HAL been waiting for a while to get that off your chest?
(I meant cum)
Pish Posh- May 7, 2009 at 12:55 pm
BJ Penn is a fat Hawaiian child molester and should be taking off the P4P list.

GSP should be ranked higher than Fedor, even if GSP pretends that he thinks Fedor is the best.
Anonymous- May 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm
It's a catchweight bout.

Rich Training with Anderson isn't going to really do much. At most he'll be training with them for a week tops and that's not enough to have a severe enough impact on Rich's skills.

Wanderlei wins by early TKO or KO or it will be a UD for Rich.

I also disagree with those rankings as well. Too many errors IMO, to point out
Chri534- May 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm
So, what happens to these rankings when Florian beats BJ? I'm still not convinced Aoki even belongs on there either.

...Also, DDJ: Quit hitting on him, you don't have a chance.
Karmaatemycat- May 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm
1. Anderson Silva
2. Fedor Emelianenko
3. Georges St. Pierre
4. Miguel Torres
5. Rashad Evans
6. Lyoto Machida
7. Urijah Faber
8. B.J. Penn
9. Shinya Aoki
10. Quinton Jackson

I disagree with Urijah Faber and Shinya other then that..
Herpes Legion- May 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Is this going to be a Light heavyweight or middle weight bout?
Chuck- May 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm
These pound for pound rankings need to take into account where a ranked fighters opponents would rank. Fedor has fought, and beaten, a lot of heavyweights who I think wouldn't rank very highly in a pound for pound situation. Sure, he's beaten the best in the division but it's always been a weak division. Tim Sylvia as a middleweight or welterweight? A weak wrestler, awkward striking that is effective primarily based on the fact that he's a physical monster (an edge that would be gone on a middleweight or welterweight comparison), and so-so jiu-jitsu.

Silva, GSP, Torres all need to be higher than Fedor due to the caliber of opponents they consistently face. You could argue the same for others on the list.
Haiku Guy- May 7, 2009 at 11:47 am
Anderson Silva
Punch the fuck out of a thigh
Take that smarty pants!

Stylin- May 7, 2009 at 11:23 am
I think GSP should be #1 without a doubt. No one has gone thru more top contenders in dominant fasion as he has. Also, there are a couple Caesar Gracie fighters who could/should be listed soon. First, Nick Diaz for going up a weight class and a half to destroy Frank Shamrock. If he finishes Scott Smith in their fight he's in without a doubt. The other is Jake Shields if (when?) he beats Robbie Lawler. These guys don't care about weight classes, they just come to fight.
I hate the Diaz Brothers- May 7, 2009 at 11:15 am
Nick and Nate are at a tie for first... In Stockton Homey!
YoYoYo!- May 7, 2009 at 11:03 am
Torres is overrated at the moment. He's a good fighter, but until he moves up to the competition in the 155 division, we really don't know how he matches up against the UFC. As you guys know, WEC champs and respected fighters haven't had a nice transition.
Velcro Shoes- May 7, 2009 at 11:02 am
I'm honestly baffled that anyone can list BJ Penn anywhere near a top list of P4P fighters. Who has BJ beaten in the past 5 years that's even close to the level of talent that would qualify to call him a top P4P fighter??

Joe Stevenson?

Jens Pulver?

Sean Sherk?

Give me a break. This is a list of journeymen, not champions. BJ hasn't beaten anyone worth mentioning since subbing Matt Hughes in early 2004 (when Hughes was actually good).

BJ isn't top 25 let alone #8.
C-Bus Allstar- May 7, 2009 at 10:54 am
Faber is ranked higher than Brown because Brown only recently started looking like a Champ. Faber's been making guys look stupid for a couple years now in the WEC. Not to mention the Faber loss to Brown was a fucking fluke.
Ample- May 7, 2009 at 10:48 am
Word, I hope Wanderlei crushes Rich...nothing against him but im a Wanderlei fan.