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Dana White sees Jon Jones as #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world

Sorry Georges St. Pierre fans, but there’s a new #2, at least in the eyes of a certain high-ranking executive.

According to UFC President Dana White, due to a 4-0 record in the past year, including three wins over former UFC light heavyweight title-holders, Jon Jones now sits behind Anderson Silva in the pound-for-pound rankings.

Jones, who stopped Lyoto Machida this past weekend to successfully defend his UFC light heavyweight title for a second time, has defeated Ryan Bader, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this year.

Silva, meanwhile, holds wins over Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami in the past few months, and is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury.

“Number two. I mean, I don’t know how you deny the guy anymore, he’s literally walking through everybody,” said White, in an interview with MMAWeekly following UFC 140. “He’s fought four times this year, probably the nastiest schedule in the history of the company. He’s incredible, man. He’s just walkin’ though serious, serious guys. And bustin’ ‘em up bad. Stopping them, finishing them, you don’t see somebody come in and wreck people like this guy.”

That means, in the eyes of White, Jones has leaped UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and UFC welterweight champ GSP with his recent victories.

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9 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    When Jones dominates his weight class for several years in a row like A.S., GSP or Fedor did, then we’ll talk P4P. One great year is impressive but still a long way to go.

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  • Lethal Liquid says:

    I agree with both schools of thought. I honestly believe he is the #2 rated fighter in the world. I can also see why people say that it is premature. Keep in mind he’s maybe two fights away from cleaning out the light heavyweight division. ( Rashad,Hendo)

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  • edub says:

    This will change the next time Aldo, Edgar, JDS, GSP, or Gil (if he comes over after a win over Masvidal) has a dominant performance. He seems to have zero hind sight these days. Wasn’t Frankie “right behind” Anderson just a month or two ago?

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  • Exactly Edub. Whenever one of Dana’s champions defends and defends impressively they’re the greatest fighter in the world. I could buy that Jones is the number 2 fighter in the world, but I would like to see him defend his title in a similar fashion to saturday before you’ll hear that kind of talk out of me.
    Anderson and GSP have, and still are dominating their weight classes without much competition or adversity. Frankie has finally had one successful defense, the HW title just changed hands and Aldo hasnt been the killer he used to be lately. Dana’s in marketing and if Jones keeps doing the things he’s doing against the same caliber of fighters…why cant he be considered the greatest in the world let alone number 2?
    And how long until 205 is a “weak” division like 185? 170s still deep, and just when GSP was thought to have cleaned out his weight class Diaz and Condit emerged and peopl are buying their chance to defeat him. Jones is certainly a bad ass, but I want to see him do that to Rashad and Hendo before he’s the best in the world.

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  • MickeyC says:

    Its makes it difficult to take Danas standpoint, when he is trying to sell Jones. And yes, bepending on who he is marketing at the time does effect HIS P4P ratings.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    P4P= fantasy and nothing more. Not only is it fantasy, it is a really silly fantasy that makes no sense. Jon Jones is the best fighter in the world. Not that fuking stupid p4p rubbish I mean the best fighter in the world. Which brings me to my next point which is that Lyoto Machida would be HW champ if he moved up. For me the only fighter he would struggle against is Dos Santos, none of the others would touch him. Jon Jones would also be HW champ if he moved up.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    “Which brings me to my next point which is that Lyoto Machida would be HW champ if he moved up. For me the only fighter he would struggle against is Dos Santos…”

    The only fighter he would struggle against is the Champ? Which means the statement “Lyoto Machida would be HW champ if he moved up” makes no sense.

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  • MCM says:

    The argument for P4P IS the argument of who the best fighter in the world is. Faber is a better fighter than Brock hands down. But if you put the two in the cage together, Brock size should let him win. That’s why we say Pound for Pound, not to fantasize, but as a measure of skills.
    You say the best fighter in the world is Jon Jones, I say it’s Anderson Silva. Since they are of similar size this fight can actually happen, but until it does, there is no definitive way to know for sure who the best fighter is so we use the P4P scale and judge their skills and accomplishments.
    Much the same way you judge the skills and accomplishments of Lyoto to say that you think he would be the HW champ.

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  • edub says:

    PFP isn’t and shouldn’t be judged by how a fighter “looks”, or the thought of how well he would do against a guy a different size (if they both somehow got to the same weight). By that logic you could say Bones isn’t that good in a PFP sense because he towers over every person he fights at LHW.

    PFP is just like regular weight class rankings. Its about quality wins over quality competition. That’s why 99% of lists on the internet have Anderson and GSP at #1 and 2. Their streaks of wins against highly ranked fighters is far passed anybody else at the moment.

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