When Anderson Silva won his UFC world title in 2006, with a dominant win over Rich Franklin, he ushered in a new era of combat that would later see him be crowned the greatest fighter of all time.
Silva walked down the most dangerous men on the planet, across two divisions and cemented himself as the G.O.A.T. in the process.
Now long removed from his record breaking title reign, another champion has emerged, even tying his title defense record.
Anderson now faces the fact that the Greatest of all time accolade changes with generations, and as such, in a new interview he gives up his crown and passes it off to Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
In a new interview with TMZ, Silva stated, “Demetrious Johnson is the new champion. Is the best one. I have my passion about my sport, and I love when people talk about this. Because Demetrious, people need to respect because he’s a great fighter. I think Demetrious [is the greatest of all time].”
Here’s his full interview on the subject: