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Dana White hails Jon Jones as new pound-for-pound king

By on July 08, 2013
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The UFC president White believes that Jon Jones is now number one in the P4P rankings

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In the wake of Anderson Silva's loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 yesterday, the company's president Dana White has stated that it was now Jon Jones who is the pound-for-pound number one MMA fighter in the world.

Speaking to the media after the post-fight press conference, White was asked who he believed was the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He said that he gave the nod to Jones, the current light-heavyweight champion.

White went on to point out that he believed Anderson Silva is still sitting above newly crowned champion Chris Weidman.

"Anderson's still on the list," White stated.

"I'd still put him above Weidman," he said.

Rattling off other names that made up his top five fighters, White listed the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Jose Aldo in the mix. White believes that Weidman's victory over Silva was enough to land him a top five to ten spot. 

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The UFC president noted that just because Weidman beat the guy who was supposedly number one, that doesn't make him the new top dog, especially in comparison to fighters like Jones and St-Pierre who have defended their titles multiple times.

The pound-for-pound rankings are in no way official and are largely subjective, but in recent times it was a consensus among most that Silva owned the number one spot, due to his incredible reign in the UFC as an undefeated fighter.

A potential "super-fight" between Silva and St-Pierre or Jones to decide who is number one on the list was also ruled out by White.

Whether or not people agree or disagree with White, the knockout win produced by Weidman has shaken up the pound-for-pound rankings leaving a range of opinions to be shared.

Who is your pound-for-pound number one fighter? Does Silva still sit on the theoretical throne or has he been replaced by another? Let us know on the Facebook page.

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