Originally Posted by IronMan
Filho's great, and his last two showings against Misaki and Chonan basically take them out of the running to be king. I like Filho alot, but my biggest issue with him is his striking. It doesn't look good enough to keep up with the big guys.
Honestly, I don't think Silva is the greatest thing at 185, but he is exactly the kind of fighter that's capable of beating Filho. He's been confident in his last few fights and he's been dominant on his feet. He has a BJJ blackbelt, which means he's not a cakewalk to submit. And they're both Brazillian Top Team, aren't they?
I do think Filho's a great fighter, but he can't be on this list yet because he hasn't proven how good his BJJ is against someone with an established BJJ or wrestling game. Chonan has submissions, and so does Misaki, but they aren't going to challenge Filho's strength.
I want to say that right now it looks like Denis Kang is the best. It's just my opinion, but I think he should have won the Misaki fight, and that's why I consider him the best. Really, he's been unstoppable otherwise.
After Dan beat down Vitor Belfort, I think he's got a good shot at being called the best again, but here's what I'd like to see:
A four man tournament:
Those are the guys I call top competitors, anyways.
i like kang too. i hope we see a hendo title defense against kang at the next u.s. pride event