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The Top Ten Opponents of Fedor, Jones, Silva, and St-Pierre

As promised, here are lists of the top ten rated opponents of Fedor Emelianenko, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, and Georges St-Pierre. Why look at each fighter’s top ten opponents? Because champions are defined by who their toughest opponents were. Fedor is not a legend because of his fights against Hong Man Choi and Zuluzinho.

FEDOR EMELIANENKO

  1. Dan Henderson – 3025
  2. Andrei Arlovski – 2870
  3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (1) – 2808
  4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (2) – 2804
  5. Mirko Filipovic – 2767
  6. Fabricio Werdum – 2705
  7. Antonio Silva – 2703
  8. Mark Coleman (2) – 2650
  9. Matt Lindland – 2641
  10. Tim Sylvia – 2605

AVERAGE: 2757.8

JON JONES

  1. Rashad Evans – 3110
  2. Quinton Jackson – 3010
  3. Mauricio Rua – 3006
  4. Vitor Belfort – 2999
  5. Lyoto Machida – 2834
  6. Ryan Bader – 2824
  7. Vladimir Matyushenko – 2503
  8. Matt Hamill – 2493
  9. Stephan Bonnar – 2366
  10. Brandon Vera – 2333

AVERAGE: 2747.8

ANDERSON SILVA

  1. Chael Sonnen (2) – 3131
  2. Chael Sonnen (1) – 3094
  3. Yushin Okami (2) – 2968
  4. Rich Franklin (2) – 2847
  5. Vitor Belfort – 2823
  6. Rich Franklin (1) – 2777
  7. Demian Maia – 2769
  8. Thales Leites – 2719
  9. Patrick Cote – 2719
  10. Forrest Griffin – 2690

AVERAGE: 2853.7

GEORGES ST-PIERRE

  1. Jake Shields – 3160
  2. Thiago Alves – 2963
  3. Dan Hardy – 2961
  4. Josh Koscheck (2) – 2939
  5. Jon Fitch – 2877
  6. B.J. Penn (2) – 2816
  7. Matt Hughes (2) – 2816
  8. Josh Koscheck (1) – 2714
  9. Matt Hughes (3) – 2656
  10. Matt Serra (2) – 2643

AVERAGE: 2854.5

The highest average is a virtual tie between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. Fedor Emelianenko and Jon Jones are well behind. However, Fedor has two unique disadvantages in this study. One is that the heavyweight division is not as deep as middleweight or welterweight, and therefore, elite heavyweights tend to have lower ratings than elite middleweights or welterweights. The other is that Fedor’s prime was earlier than Silva or St-Pierre, meaning that Silva and St-Pierre are beneficiaries of ratings inflation.

As for Jon Jones, he just hasn’t been a champion long enough yet to have built the same kind of resume as the other fighters on this list. But it’s noteworthy that Jones has faced the most opponents with a 3000 rating or higher. All Jones needs is time.

As I said in yesterday’s post, I can throw all the numbers at you I want, and I can argue for St-Pierre as having the toughest opposition (and I would). But if you’re trying to determine who the greatest fighter of all time is, there is no number that can make that argument. It’s up to you.

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One response to “The Top Ten Opponents of Fedor, Jones, Silva, and St-Pierre

  1. Howard morton October 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Anderson Silva’s last 4 opponents have 30 losses combined!

    Fedor probably could have made 185, but fought as a chubby heavyweight. He should get bonus points for not starving himself like a Kenyan marathoner and beating down bigger dudes.

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