Consider Dana White among the numerous people beyond impressed by Jon Jones’ dismantling of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event last night at UFC 135.
White spoke about the wunderkind’s performance in the post-event press conference where he started things out by eating a bit of crow in regards to recent comments about Jones not being in the “pound-for-pound” discussion along with Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre.
“When I went into the ring (after the fight), he grabbed me and said, ‘Will you give me my pound-for-pound respect now?’ And I said, ‘I will shut the hell up now. You did it.’,” White joked.
“The great thing about (the outcome) is how serious ‘Rampage’ took this fight. He’s been up here in Denver for a long time…he was in great shape. His face was lean, he had abs. He came to win this fight. (Jackson) only cut six pounds for the fight the day of the weigh-ins which is incredible,” White continued. “Let me tell you what – Jon Jones is the man.”
As far as whom White feels could be the one to pose a serious challenge to Jones, the UFC President remained fairly neutral while giving credit to the light heavyweight division’s depth.
“The beauty of the 205-pound division is that it’s stacked. There’s a lot of tough guys out there. And I’ll tell you what, Rashad (Evans) just came off an awesome performance against Tito (Ortiz). He looked really good. Both these guys want this fight, there’s been a lot of smack-talk leading into this fight, and then we’ll see what happens with (Mauricio) “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson.”
However, White left the door open too in terms of Jones potentially cleaning house during a Silva-like run, saying he’s already talked to the 24-year old champion about possibly giving heavyweight a go in that type of scenario.
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