This was a tough one. So many great fighters this year..so many great bouts. Before I reveal my pick for best all-around fighter of 2009, I will amuse you with this ridiculous video I found. If you’re anything like me (read: love watching someone get walloped right in the face), you will truly enjoy this.
Ahh. That went down as well as an ice cold glass of lemonade on an August day. Here’s one more, just for fun.
Alright enough distractions. After taking into account what was an incredible year for him, Anderson “The Spider” Silva is without a doubt the most influential fighter of 2009. Let me show you one of the reasons.
A nominee for the 2009 ESPYS “Best Fighter” and Sherdog‘s #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Silva has earned a seat next to Couture and Liddell as a pioneer and one of the greats in the sport of mixed-martial arts. The Brazilian phenom is currently the UFC Middleweight Champion (reigning strong since 2006) and dominated the UFC twice this year. He beat the leviathan Thales Leites in UFC 97 to retain his crown and put the monstrous Forrest Griffin in his place in UFC 101.
- Shooto Middleweight Champion
- Last Cage Rage Middleweight Champion
- Current UFC Middleweight Champion
- Unified UFC Middleweight and Pride FC Welterweight Championships
- Record for most consecutive UFC wins (Ten)
- Tied for the record of most consecutive title defenses (Five)
Possibly the most dominant fighter of the last decade, Silva remains one of the best. Despite rumors of retirement in 2010, he has been on a lusus naturae-ish tear and, with a 25-4 record, looks to stay on this path for a while. What will be next for the most influential fighter of 2009? Who knows..but there’s bound to be plenty more fights. Hopefully they’ll be like these.