Dana White: Renan Barao is the P4P champ, if he beats Faber


With back to back losses by Anderson Silva, and George St-Pierre relinquishing his title, the entirely unofficial and ultimately meaningless title of Pound for Pound best fighter in mixed martial arts is in dispute.

The current list of UFC champions contains a number of Pound For Pound best fighter contenders:
Heavyweight : Cain Velasquez
Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones
Middleweight: Chris Weidman
Welterweight: Winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171.
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis
Featherweight: José Aldo
Bantamweight: Renan Barão
Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson
Women's Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey 

UFC president Dana White addressed the issue following UFN 35.

"If Barao goes out and stops Faber, he's probably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world," said White.

Barao has not lost since his very first fight in 2005. Barao will face a surging Urijah Faber at UFC 169 on Feb. 1. If he wins, do you think that makes his the P4P best fighter in MMA?


tags: UFC   Dana White   Urijah Faber (detail)  Renan Barao (detail)  


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SUPER HLUK site profile image  

1/18/14 4:00 AM by SUPER HLUK

I hate to say it, but Jones would beat him.

SurenoBlue site profile image  

1/18/14 3:44 AM by SurenoBlue

Shogun may have been the champ, but its amazing to me how many people leave out the fact Shogun was rushed into immediate major knee surgery after his KO of MachidaJones fought A coming off surgery Shogun. Thats the WORST Shogun. Shogun was also forced into taking the fight on short notice. I dont consider the Jones vs Shogun fight relevant at all considering both.The Gus fight actually did prove a lot though.For the first time Jones fought an opponent who had just as much youth and just as much size, and suprise suprise, Jones was beaten to a bloody pulpEven before the Gus fight, I always said Jones was nothing but size and reach. But Gus really brought that to light for every one else to see I guessThe notion of Jones even being mention on pound for pound lists is bananas when Jones has towered over all of his smaller older weaker opponents and had used his size and reach to dominate. Against the equal sized Gus, Jones was completely shut down lol

SurenoBlue site profile image  

1/18/14 3:35 AM by SurenoBlue

Yes, Jones' resume looks crazy on paper with all the big names on it. Context though. Use it. You have to ask yourself, Has Jones ever beaten a truly elite fighter in their PRIME or at their best? No, not really Shogun was coming off surgery and took the fight on short notice. Rampage was severaly past it and washed out. Machida was struggling at the time (Shogun had already twice beaten Machida when Machida was at his utmost peak. It was Shogun who figured Machida out) The ONLY one of Jones' big name opponents you could make that arguemnt for is for Rashad (then again Machida KOd Rashad when Rashad was at the pinnacle of his some what over rated career)I dont hold Jones' resume in as high of a regard as everyone else seems to, reason being Jones beat "big name" opponents who were shells of their former selfes (to boot were all much smaller)To tell you the truth, I personally value the resumes of Gsp, Shogun, Fedor MUCH MORE. They beat big name opponents when they were at their best or when still in their primes. I also give Barao more credit for beating a prime opponent like Faber. Hell, Faber is STILL FABER today Youre also forgetting the very fact that POUND FOR POUND has nothing to do with resume or division dominance. Its just about SKILL RELATIVE to weight. Thats ALL IT IS.So there is NO WAY Jones belongs any where on POUND FOR POUND lists because like I alluded to earlier, all of Jones big name opponents have been much smaller. Jones wins due to size, reach, and strength. Jones isnt a skill based fighter. Its in fact a mockery to the concept of pound for pound to even mention Jones in the top 20 pound for poundBarao does actually deserve to be on pound for pound SKILL lists. So does Aldo. So does Cain. So does Edgar. And so does Chris for the way hes out struck Anderson twice

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1/18/14 2:21 AM by Stan Wang


Caught_clean site profile image  

1/18/14 2:10 AM by Caught_clean

Ive never personally understood why people have Jones at #1, when hes larger then most his opponents. Guys like Frankie, Aldo, sometimes Anderson and Fedor fought guys bigger and didnt rely on huge physical gifts so I can see why here are up there, Jones? Nah not imo, not pretending hes not possibly the best fighter on the planet but not p4p....if we are going by what p4p is supposed to mean. Guy has a insane list of wins already though.

JJarvis_6 site profile image  

1/18/14 1:58 AM by JJarvis_6

Dana smokes a lot of crack if really believes that

MikeHunt36 site profile image  

1/18/14 1:25 AM by MikeHunt36

I don't understand whenever Jon Jones dismantles someone there is always something like " the guy was to small, he was on the downside, he was never that good." They were winning fights before they fought him and most of them are winning fights after him. I'm not a big fan of jones but I don't think he gets the respect he deserves.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/17/14 10:36 PM by KingofBJJ

Confused. UG says if he "beats" Faber, White says if he "stops" Faber.Why would the UG misquote?

benjitsu13 site profile image  

1/17/14 5:52 PM by benjitsu13

Your caps lock is stuck

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1/17/14 4:52 PM by ChaosOverkill