P4P has nothing to do with moving up or down in weight classes and fighting there.
The real meaning of P4P is who would win if you take away the weight difference between fighters and set them against eachother.
So take Frankie vs Anderson, both at 170lbs. Then yeah, I could see Frankie being victorious, thus ranked above Anderson Silva.
Bones vs Anderson at 170lbs, I'd pick Anderson.
GSP vs Frankie, Id pick GSP. So for me, GSP is the #1 P4P fighter out there. Atleast until I see how that ACL is doing
All this logic, although very possible, lies in your
Personally, I think someone ranking GSP above Anderson before they actually fought is a mistery. All we have now is their records and the way they conquered their records, so...
Anderson finished 78% of his fights, GSP, 69%.
Anderson never lost a fight in UFC, GSP, yes, knocked out. Anderson never been knocked out.
Anderson has the record of consecutive wins/title defenses in UFC.
Anderson style is unpredictable, making his opponents confused, thus it´s more exciting to watch. GSP, although efficient, is a burocrat.
To rule out GSP just because he never moved from his weigh class is as wrong and silly as taking out any credit from Anderson going up in weight to test himself against heavier dudes at LHW.
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Pound for pound is a term used in combat sports such as boxing or mixed martial arts to describe a fighter's value in relation to fighters of different weight classes. As these fighters do not compete directly judging the best fighter pound for pound is subjective and ratings vary. They may be based on a range of criteria including "quality of opposition", factors such as how exciting the fighter is or how famous they are, or be an attempt to determine who would win if all those ranked were the same size. In boxing, the term was historically associated with fighters such as Benny Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson who were widely considered to be the most skilled fighters of their day, to distinguish them from the generally more popular (and better compensated) heavyweight champions. Since 1990, The Ring magazine has maintained a pound for pound rank of fighters. ESPN.com has a list for mixed martial artists. Anderson Silva and Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are examples of pound-for-pound top-ranked fighters.