(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:
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.