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I don’t think you can go wrong when choosing who the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world should be. Anderson Silva… 31-4, 14-0 in the UFC, 10-0 in title fights, 11-0 if you count the Lutter win. That’s pretty good. Georges St. Pierre… 22-2, 17-2 in the UFC, 8-2 in title fights, 9-2 if you count the interim title fight against Matt Hughes. That’s pretty good too.
On one hand, Silva has faced a slightly weaker recent schedule. His UFC run has included Lutter (Silva’s weakest UFC opponent yet, by Victory Score), James Irvin, Patrick Cote, and Vitor Belfort (the most overrated fighter in the UFC in my opinion). St. Pierre has had his share of relatively weak UFC opponents: Matt Serra twice, Dan Hardy, and early on, Dave Strasser and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
I think the big difference is that loss to Serra. When you’re talking about two fighters who are SO great, like Silva and St. Pierre are, a loss that is even ten fights ago can make a big difference. If that loss didn’t exist, then I would be on Team GSP due to a slightly tougher “strength of schedule.” But with that loss, I have to go with Anderson Silva as the #1 pound for pound fighter and Georges St. Pierre as the #2.
In fact, let me go way beyond where my common sense tells me I should, and produce my top 10 pound-for pound: