With back to back losses by Anderson Silva, and George St-Pierre relinquishing his title, the entirely unofficial, possibly stupid, and ultimately meaningless title of Pound for Pound best fighter in mixed martial arts is in dispute.
The current list of champions contains a number of P4P contenders:
UFC Heavyweight : Cain Velasquez
UFC Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones
UFC Middleweight: Chris Weidman
UFC Welterweight: Winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171.
UFC Lightweight: Anthony Pettis
UFC Featherweight: José Aldo
UFC Bantamweight: Renan Barão
UFC Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson
UFC Women's Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey
UFC president Dana White addressed the issue Thursday during a UFC on FOX 10 media scrum.
“[If Weidman beats Belfort] he’s the best. He’s #1," said White. "How is he not #1 pound-for-pound in the world if he beats Vitor Belfort? It’s impossible not to call him the No. 1 pound-for-pound guy.”
Several days ago White liked Renan Barao, who has not lost since his very first fight in 2005, if Barao beats a surging Urijah Faber at UFC 169 on Feb. 1.
"If Barao goes out and stops Faber, he's probably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world," said White at the time.
When asked to reconcile the two remarks, White replied as you might predict.
“If he beats Vitor, Barão’s f@$%ing #2!”
So according to White's calculations, if Barao beats Faber on Feb 1, he is 'probably' the P4P champ until either May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend) or July 5 (Fourth of July Weekend) when if Weidman beats Belfort, "The All American" is the P4P champ and it is 'impossible' to disagree.
So UG, do you disagree?
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