Rogan Riffs: Anderson Silva

“The term great fighter gets thrown around a lot…it exists embodied in one man and that man, is Anderson Silva.” -Joe Rogan

Well, here’s a short video that should make Silva fans beam with joy. In it, Joe Rogan waxes effusively about whom he (and most) believe to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

Rogan feels that there’s not even a “close second”. That it’s as if he sees things before they even happen. It’s like “he’s in a movie.”

Rogan believes that Silva is a perfect storm of physical talent, intelligence, discipline, training and natural gifts and it would be hard to argue against the case.

The sport, particularly the UFC, has never seen anything like him. He makes both the good and the great look bad. He seems to fight his opponents with a complete sense of disdain, as if they have no place in being in the ring with him and perhaps he’s right. So far, no one, with the exception of Sonnen and Dan Henderson for 1 round, has even come close to touching the Champ.

When he entered the UFC, he slaughtered Chris Leben and then promptly slaughtered the division champion Rich Franklin. Beyond that, he’s never looked back and in doing so has cemented his legacy as the greatest of all time.

Considering his greatness, what one thing would you put it down to?

For me, I think it’s his footwork above all else. He is a master of playing catch-me-if-you-can. One second he’s there and the next he is not.  


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    June 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    It truly is a special thing seeing Anderson Silva Fight. I was fortunate enough to be at the first Sonnen fight, and there's nothing like an Anderson Silva finish, let me tell you that. He just needs to fight more than once a year now.

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    watermelon fresh

    June 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    He's a precise striker with his hands, knees and kicks. Footwork is probably the best and head movement and shoulder rolls and of course timing is spectacular. Also, his cardio and mind are very strong. The first Sonnen fight was very grueling and he pulled off the sub late in 5th and 2nd Sonnen fight he had a bad 1st round.

    I think the Hendo fight was somewhat of an example of this too.

    Anderson, does many things very well.

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    June 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    AS is the template for all future fighters. 10 years from now they will see he was ahead of his time. I believe his secret aside from all those listed is mental discipline. I wouldn't be surprised if he practices a mental discipline like zen religiously.

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    June 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Anderson's striking makes him who he is.

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    June 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    The G.O.A.T.

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    June 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    anderson silva is without a doubt one of the greatest of all time. it seems, that his fighting ability is a natural gift. hes born to fight. and the most important – hes at his best, when it's fight-night. he's may not be the best in training…. but he got this confident and this special "matrix", witch gives him the advantage. ….so, im a big fan of him. BUT,…lets see who he's faced recently…. you cant compare him, like a guy like jon jones. im not a big fan of jj. i dont like his c0cky behavour…. BUT, i think, nowadays, if you place anderson silva on a p4p list on 1st place, youre wrong! and joe rogan, is hyping the ****!

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    June 27, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I heard someone talk about this recently, can't remember who, but they were saying the best thing about Silva is his mentality…. never willing to give up, fighting to the death and will always try to find some way to win.// whether it's in the first round or last

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    June 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I was a fan waaaaay back when. I remember posting about Spider in Sherdog nearly a decade ago when Spider just popped on the scene.

    Spider was so far a head of his time. Bendo and Petitis are both TKD guys. He was labelled a MT guy cuz of his knees with franklin, but he trained in everything. He trained with the Brazilian TKD team. He's a pure martial artist. More then a striker or grappler. He is complete. He's the vision Bruce Lee had in his books of what a martial artist should be in the future.

    If you ever pick up and read Bruce Lee's books and then look at Spider. It's scary how much Anderson style was pushed decades before his time of what a martial artist should be.

    Complete. Like water. No loyalty to styles. Only to what works. Take the best and ignore the rest. Create something that is your own.

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