17 Apr 2009 10:36:21 AM
(Props: MMA Fanhouse. Skip to 4:44 for the good stuff.)
At yesterday’s UFC 97 conference de presse (that’s fancy talk for press conference) Dana White made the bold claim that an Anderson Silva win over Thales Leites on Saturday night would solidify him as the greatest champion in UFC history. In other words, if the guy who is a 5-1 favorite according to some bookmakers does what everyone expects him to do, this will prove that he’s the best.
This is a difficult line of reasoning to follow. If Silva wins at UFC 97 he’ll be 9-0 in the Octagon. That’s a record. It breaks the previous streak set by Royce Gracie and tied by Jon Fitch. But there’s a reason why, even before Jon Fitch tied that record, none of us (with the exception of that one dude who stopped watching MMA in 1997) talk about Royce Gracie as the greatest champion in the history of the UFC.
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