anderson-silva-45.jpgThe long-awaited showdown between the man many consider the greatest ever and the challenger some say is custom-built to take his throne is nearly upon us.

The Sunday Junkie, MMAjunkie.com’s weekly reader-feedback feature, got submissions on a number of topics, but many focuses on the championship fight that headlines next week’s UFC 162 event, Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman.

This week’s winner, Texas’ Halsey Rodriguez, is excited for the event but doesn’t think Silva’s legacy hangs in the balance.

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(Pictured: Anderson Silva)

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ANDERSON SILVA’S LEGACY ALREADY SET

Despite whatever may happen July 6, one thing is certain and goes without question: Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter to ever grace competitive martial arts. Chris Weidman is definitely a stiff test for “The Spider,” but as we’ve seen in the past, it’s always the most dangerous opponents that bring out the best in the middleweight kingpin. Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort – all dangerous, considerably well-rounded, aggressive fighters. All defeated in devastating fashion. The pound-for-pound king is in a familiar setting when he stands across from “The All American.” Not to say Weidman doesn’t have a chance – but if he dethrones the reigning champion, who’s to say the media won’t finally play Silva’s age as a factor. At 38 years old, and with 10 title defenses and a 16-fight win streak in the UFC, I don’t think a loss would really hurt the Brazilian’s legacy.

Halsey Rodriguez
Austin, Texas

ANDERSON SILVA IS THE KING

I’ve seen several people stating that Anderson Silva can become the greatest fighter of all time if he’s able to defeat Chris Weidman at this week’s upcoming UFC 162 event. That is ridiculous. He is already the greatest competitor in the history of MMA, regardless of what happens against Weidman. If, at 38 years old, Silva’s time as the current pound-for-pound best is over, then congratulations to Weidman. But Silva’s position in the history books is already secure. At 16-0 in the UFC, with numerous records to his name, and with convincing wins over true MMA greats like Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin and Nate Marquardt, among others, Silva’s belt may be on the line at UFC 162, but his legacy is not. His position as the best ever is already secure.

Eduardo Rivas
El Paso, Texas

CAN WEIDMAN SHOCK THE WORLD?

What does it take for someone to be the undisputed king of kings in a sport? In MMA, there is no question that person is Anderson Silva, who looks to go 17-0 at UFC 162. With every record broken and legacy already cemented, Silva’s next task involves stepping in the cage with the 29-year-old kid from Long Island. Chris Weidman also has a pretty respectable streak, as he has yet to be defeated. But the talk is over, and the time is now. On Saturday, it really comes down to one of two options. Silva will become the undisputed pound-for-pound champ for years to come, or Chris Weidman will shock the world by shutting the door on a long-dominant era (and ending the talks of Silva superfights to rest). At least for now, we wait for the blockbuster fight of the summer. “It’s time!”

AlbertCavallaro
Long Island, N.Y.

NOT BOARDING THE WEIDMAN BANDWAGON

Am I the only person who is not riding the Chris Weidman train? It seems that I am one of few to not believe in the young American’s ability to follow through with all his talk of defeating the man who’s considered the greatest of all time. Not only are the two legacies – one growing and one solidified – different, but Silva’s wealth of experience is immense, as well. Yes, Weidman is a talented, undefeated prospect. However, he has nine fights in his career, compared to Silva’s 37 (and a good amount of those being five-round title fights). Weidman’s greatest test to date came in the form of Mark Munoz. Silva has decimated world champions and legends, cleared his division and more then filled expectations. I’m sorry, but I am not buying Weidman’s talk or a ticket to board the bandwagon. Silva will do what he has been doing all along.

Joshua “Massacre” Morales
Coram, N.Y.

THERE’S A REASON WE CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO DANA WHITE

As I was watching Bellator MMA and listening to CEO Bjorn Rebney, then thinking about some of the other smaller promotions in the sport, I realized I don’t particularly like or really believe many MMA promoters. I’m not sure why. After all, I have no personal connection to any of them. But compared to UFC boss Dana White, they just seemed to be talking gibberish. After thinking more about it, I realized listening to White is as much a product of loyalty and habit than anything else. I have been watching the UFC before the UFC was the UFC, and White for years was the only one saying anything. When this happens year after year, you grow attached and tend to give White the benefit of the doubt in most situations. That coupled with the fact the UFC boss’ personality – brash, aggressive and sometimes obscene – is what we love in our favorite fighters, is why we continue to listen.

“Joisey Dan”
Warren, N.J.

Georges St-Pierre A STUMBLING BLOCK IN SUPERFIGHT POSSIBILITIES

So it seems that in this day and age of MMA, there are certain trends developing – prediction of superfights and such. It’s kind of crazy and keeps the fans drooling at the possibilities. Then there’s Georges St-Pierre, the party pooper. It seems that all the current champions are foreshadowing divisional changes, yet St-Pierre seems comfortable at welterweight – which is cool but limits fans’ creativity and even productivity for the UFC. Anderson Silva has filled in for fights at light heavyweight. Jose Aldo wants the lightweight belt. Benson Henderson wants a crack at St-Pierre. Jon Jones is talking about going up. Is it that St-Pierre is comfortable or possibly afraid of staining a legacy? Personally, I’d like to see St-Pierre vs. Benson Henderson. St-Pierre needs to step up as a champ. He’s likable, but that only goes so far. I’d rather see him be a fighter than a martial artist.

Joshua “Massacre” Morales
Coram, N.Y.

WHICH “FIGHT MASTER” COACH IS TAKING THEIR JOB MOST SERIOUSLY?

After watching two episodes of Bellator’s new reality show “Fight Master,” I’m curious to know which coach is the most serious about the show? Joe Warren seems out of place and lost in his own current fight career. He talks a big game, but it looks like he will get the scraps as the top fighters are choosing to go elsewhere. Randy Couture is an awesome coach but doesn’t fight for guys he wants and seems mentally lost. And Frank Shamrock looks like he wants to win so he can personally brag. This is a popularity contest for Shamrock, nothing more. Greg Jackson is the only one that looks like he is there to train and find the next big thing. This is obviously his reason for being there, but at least it seems the less selfish motivation. Jackson has made stars out of Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Donald Cerrone, Carlos Condit and many more. Fighters have made their beds, now it’s time to see who gets the best sleep – and who has nightmares.

Ben McPhee
Prescott Valley, Ariz.

WHY MUST WE ASSUME TESTOSTERONE USERS ARE CHEATERS?

As a fan of MMA, I frequent many discussion groups, and I’m seriously tired of hearing about TRT and seeing those men labeled as “cheaters.” My view is simple: Someone who is granted a therapeutic use exemption is following the rules, so by definition they are not cheaters. Guys who get TRT exemptions are labeled cheaters because MMA fans are assuming that the fighters are spiking testosterone levels during training and easing off prior to testing. Who is to say that any fighter isn’t abusing PEDs during training and cleaning up for testing? Who is to say more guys aren’t on TRT and just not disclosing – because, quite frankly, as long as they test within the limits, who would even know? Labeling the guys who do disclose as “cheaters” and assuming that the only cheaters in MMA come from that handful of guys who have been granted TRT exemptions is ridiculous.

Matt Hendrick
Indiana, Pa.

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