Anderson Silva Says José Aldo is the GOAT ‘He’s much better than me’


Anderson Silva is considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time (GOAT), Anderson Silva stated that Jose Aldo is a better fighter. In a recent interview with ‘Fighting’, ‘Spider’ spoke about the career and expectation of his duel next weekend. Silva will face Jared Cannonier in the co-main event tonight at UFC 237 on Saturday.

“I think Aldo is much better. José Aldo is a great fighter. A great name. One of the biggest names we have in sports and has to be respected. Aldo is a great athlete and everyone knows that. In my opinion, he is a better fighter than I am,” said the athlete.

The Ultimate returns to Brazil with big names in the world MMA and brings as main fight the clash between Jéssica Andrade, the ‘Bate-Estaca’, against Rose Namajunas for the world title of the straws (up to 52,1kg.). The fight for the belt, however, is not the only draw of the card. The Rio de Janeiro will receive consecrated stars of the world of the fight that will appear in the capital; among them, legend BJ Penn, who drew praise from Silva.

“It is an honor to share the thistle with BJ, José Aldo and Rogério (Minotouro). It’s a great honor to be a part of this cast of fighters who will perform on Saturday” Anderson said.

Silva’s opponent is, in addition to almost 10 years younger, known for his great strength. At 35, the athlete, in his 15 fights as a professional, won seven bouts by knockout. However, the ‘Spider’ proved to be prepared for the duel.

“He’s an opponent coming from heavyweight. It has a much bigger footprint than the others. You’ve fought in three different categories. He’s a guy that I have to be cautious to play, “Silva explained.

Anderson was once considered the Ultimate’s biggest name when he dominated the middleweight category (up to 83.9kg) for nearly seven years. Incomparable to many, even at age 44 the Brazilian continues to attract audiences to his performances. His last duel happened against the current (linear) champion of the category, Israel Adesanya, in February of this year.

His compatriot, Jose Aldo, a former featherweight champion up to 144 pounds has not fought in Rio de Janeiro since 2017 when he was defeated by Max Holloway in the title race.

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