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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.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC