Instead, what we see in the history is the following. The sophists were skeptics about knowledge. They did not believe knowledge is possible. All beliefs are revisable or fallible. Because of this all that matters is that one is able to persuade others. Knowledge of the truth is not important because it is not possible.
By way of contrast, although Socrates did begin by questioning everything and recognizing he did not know anything he believed knowledge is possible and once you have knowledge it is permanent and unchangeable. He desired to have knowledge. He sought knowledge through the process of eliminating contradictions.
The sophists dismissed him in a variety of ways. One way is that they said he makes what is the best seem to be the worst and the worst to be the best. He confuses people about words. Another way is that they said he is not sophisticated. He still needs a nursemaid. He hasn't read all of the latest articles by sophists.
The skepticism of the sophists continues to be influential. It is often set in contrast to the simple assertion of beliefs with unfounded confidence in their truth. But these are not our only options. The Socratic example is to use dialectic to eliminate contradictions to pursue knowledge of what is basic so that we will be able to attain what is permanent and lasting.