Although Jon Jones currently sits atop the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, the promotion’s President Dana White, apparently believes the organization’s lightweight champ should occupy that space.
Yes, as Anthony Pettis gets set to defend the lightweight title against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181, White has relayed that he believes “Showtime” is the best P4P fighter on the planet.
“Honestly, I think Pettis is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, if the kid can stay healthy,” White said. “This kid is able to do things to people that other people can’t do. The famous run-off-the-cage kick, he bounces off the cage and hits people with knees.
“The thing is with him, he’s so powerful with his kicks, that once he kicks you he hurts you immediately. Human beings can’t take the kicks to the body that this kid throws.”
Wow. That’s some high praise getting thrown “Showtime’s” way, and while some might agree with White, well, there’s likely plenty who don’t.
There’s no question that Pettis is arguably the most gifted striker in the sport, and has an underrated and dangerous ground game, but he doesn’t currently have the jaw dropping, title runs of say Jones or Jose Aldo.
There’s also a chance that White got caught up in the promoter’s part here a little bit as well, as after all, it is his job to sell tickets and move pay-per-view buys.
One thing’s for certain, if Pettis goes out tonight and blows away Melendez, White’s argument will be that much stronger.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.