White: Weidman P4P champ if he beats Belfort


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 
My sensei

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?


tags: UFC   Dana White   Chris Weidman   Vitor Belfort (detail)  

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Chief Mac site profile image  

1/27/14 3:09 PM by Chief Mac

Frankie is seriously talented indeed my friend

REDRUM_NYC site profile image  

1/27/14 2:42 PM by REDRUM_NYC

Frankie Edgar needs to be ranked in that Top 10 p4p.. He optimizes what p4p means... 

KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/25/14 6:20 PM by KingofBJJ

LOL@ this kid. He probably idolizes Eminem also.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/25/14 6:18 PM by KingofBJJ

No it isn't.

Chief Mac site profile image  

1/25/14 11:28 AM by Chief Mac

lol mate hate to say it but ur clearly the retard here if u have trouble reading my post...Im very aware wot p4p means. I wrote that jones has fought mostly top 10 fighters (which demonstrates a benchmark for performance - so hes fighting tough competition - and FINISHING more people than weidman has even had fights - granted how many fights weidman has had doesnt necessarily demonstrate his skill...but i was more dmonstratin the point of Jones finishing a lot of top 10 guys). Jones has walked thru nearly all of his opponents. and ur point about him fighting only guys out of their prime is laughable. Go back to WWE mate. Ur clearly trolling so I hate myself for even replying haha ah well. uv been a good laugh.

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1/25/14 10:53 AM by vaginal tear

That's like calling a punch lucky.

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1/25/14 10:29 AM by PsilocinAndCybin

Everyone's entitled to their opinion and thus Dana is to his, but it's been few and far in between that i can honestly say I ever respected him on a personal level. He's trashed guys like Frank Shamrock, Couture, Ortiz, Fedor, GSP and the list goes on.... These are guys that "([IMO])" should never be trashed by a promoter as all of them are modern day gladiators who put their asses on the line for we fans, so just based on that, I have a hard time trying to respect anything that comes out of Dana's mouth, it was after Edgar finished Maynard that I pretty much stopped listening to anything that came out of Dana's mouth.....https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cG9mlkxZqIs.....weidmans great, no, he's amazing he truly is. But to name him p4p king if he beats Belfort seems insulting to Aldo, Barao, Jones Ect.Big fan of Weidman and he's definitely up there, but there's quite a few other guys who hold a significant claim to the throne... Which one of the handful is a matter of opinion, but to me at least one of those guys should be #1 on p4p list over Weidman and I don't think THAT is opinion but pretty self evident.Still, war Weidman.

6ULDV8 site profile image  

1/25/14 8:51 AM by 6ULDV8

Well you know, Weidman is the best right now...

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1/25/14 7:43 AM by iwatchsomemma

If Tito comes back and beats me in boxing, he's easily the best p4p.-DFWAnd synthesizer, p4p is just that...weight.So why are you using JBJ's height against him? He's in the same WEIGHT division as most of those he's beaten.

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1/25/14 7:29 AM by GarlicSauce

There's no limit to the stupid stuff this guy says.Dana White is the new Ronda Rousey.