Lyoto MachidaThe number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world argument usually comes down to two names—Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko. But if you ask Dana White, it’s a joke for Fedor to even be considered. Anderson Silva is his pound-for-pound king and there’s plenty of Zuffa contracted fighters in line right behind him according to him, and except for the Fedor part, he’s right.

So with all the Anderson Silva retirement talk, Dana revealed to Sensei SporTV’s Fernando Kallas who he thinks would be number one if Silva were to retire. BJ Penn? Georges St. Pierre? Nope, the man who hasn’t even got a title shot yet, Lyoto Machida.

A quick summary of the interview comes Tatame Brazil translated by Free Fight Videos.

Dana White: Machida is Anderson Successor

After the stunning revelation on Sensei SporTV from Anderson Silva that he could retire soon and following an exclusive interview with UFC heavyweight champion Rodrigo “Minotauro”, Sensei SporTV has its biggest guest yet.

Reporter Fernando Kallas showed no signs of intimidation when he met the most powerful promoter in MMA today. There were no questions left unanswered. On Saturday 06 December Dana White once again proclaims Anderson Silva to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world. No matter what combat sport or division. He isn’t surprised with the possible retirement of Silva after all “Anderson Silva is rich! I’d also retire if I was him”, said Dana in jest. Though he doesn’t actually believe Anderson will retire any time soon . If it does happen, the president believes Lyoto Machida will become the ‘The Spiders” successor.

“Machida has everything to be the next best pound for pound top fighter in MMA” said White.

In the exclusive interview, Dana White talks about a possible UFC event and talks about the mega card at Ultimate 100. He also address the possibility of having Fedor inside the Octagon. He address how he transformed the sport and its image in popular culture. In tenth episode of Sensei SporTV watch Dana White this Saturday following the Sportv News.

It’s too bad Dana can’t get these two to fight then. The funny thing is it would be two of the best fighters in the world going to head to head and it probably wouldn’t crack 325,000 pay-per-view buys.