Dana White: Anthony Pettis Not Ready for UFC Pound-for-Pound Ranking

Written by Tom Ngo
September 2nd, 2013

UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

The only thing more subjective than the divisional UFC Fighter Rankings is the pound-for-pound UFC Fighter Rankings. Unless athletes hop divisions or collide at catchweights to face each other, how can one possibly determine which heavier/lighter fighter is better than the other?

Nonetheless, the discussion came up Saturday night after Anthony Pettis (pictured) submitted Benson Henderson to capture the lightweight crown at UFC 164.

Does Pettis beating the then-sixth rated P4P fighter mean he now becomes #6, or at least enters the top 10?

That would be negative, if you were to ask UFC president Dana White.

“I think before he takes his place in the pound-for-pound [list], he’s gonna have to take some more fights and see some more performances from him,” White said of Pettis. “But, the fact that we were talking a couple days ago about Ben Henderson breaking the record for most [lightweight] title defenses, and if you look at the fights Ben Henderson’s had – squeaked out some decisions over guys and it was very close, this and that – and the way that Pettis went in and handled business [Saturday], he looks like, by far, the baddest, nastiest 155-pounder on earth. Easily.

“And he’s the only guy to beat Ben Henderson twice.”

If Pettis gets his way and is able to fight Jose Aldo next, especially for Aldo’s UFC featherweight belt, he’ll be able to catapult himself up the P4P list with a win. For now, the only number that matters for Pettis is 1. He’s the game’s top lightweight and that won’t change until someone dethrones him. 

Pettis owns a 17-2 professional MMA record and is perfect through is past four outings.

(Updated 9/2/13 at 4:35 PM PT):

Pettis just cracked the UFC’s pound-for-pound list at #8. Henderson dropped to #10.

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