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Dana White Declares Jon Jones Is The #2 Pound-For-Pound Fighter In MMA

Anderson Silva may still have a stranglehold on the top spot of Dana White’s personal pound-for-pound list, but Jon Jones is quickly closing the gap.

Following Jones’ dramatic finish of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, Dana didn’t hesitate to declare Jones as the number two pound-for-pound fighter in MMA when asked about it in a post-fight scrum. Transcription via MMA Mania:

“Number two. I mean, I don’t know how you deny the guy anymore, he’s literally walked through everybody. 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’ through 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.”

It’s hard to argue with him. Georges St. Pierre has long occupied the second spot on many people’s lists, but he hasn’t fought in nearly eight months and won’t for at least another 10. Moreover, GSP hasn’t finished anyone since Matt Serra at UFC 83 unless you count BJ Penn’s corner throwing in the towel at UFC 94. He’s been dominant, sure, but not spectacular like Jones who hasn’t had a fight go to a decision since he fought Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94.

Just because Silva and Jones now sit at the top of Dana’s P4P list though, don’t expect him to start teasing a Silva vs. Jones super fight like he often did with Silva and St. Pierre. In fact, he’s still saying pretty much the exact opposite.

“I don’t see that fight happening anytime soon,” White said at this weekend’s UFC 140 post-event press conference at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

“I just think Jon Jones is young,” White said. “He’s 24 years old. He’s just getting out there and fighting all the best in the light heavyweight division.

“What people have to realize, too, is Anderson Silva is 37 years old. They’re in two different weightclasses.”

Unfortunately, we’ll probably never see it given Silva’s age. It’s a shame given that Silva and Jones are two of the most unique fighters in the sport, yet in some respects, they are more similar to each other than anyone else in MMA. I’ll concede it’s too soon for it to be seriously considered, but I’d still love to see it and I’m sure I’m not alone.

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