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Dana White: Jose Aldo Needs Finishes to Be UFC Pound-for-Pound King

Written by Tom Ngo
February 3rd, 2014
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UFC WEC Jose Aldo

Prior to cruising past Ricardo Lamas on Saturday at UFC 169, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (pictured) professed he was the game’s top pound-for-pound fighter because he’s held his throne for four years – something no current UFC champ can stake claim to.

However, after failing to finish off yet another inferior opponent – settling for a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Lamas instead of gunning for a highlight reel finish – UFC president Dana White claims Aldo’s recent performances will never allow him to be MMA’s P4P king.

“The thing about Jose Aldo that drives me crazy is the kid has all the talent in the world,” White told ESPN.com. “He’s explosive, fast. He can do anything, but he just lays back and doesn’t let anything go.

“When you talk about being the pound-for-pound best in the world, you can’t go five rounds with guys that it looks like you can defeat them in the second round. That’s what Aldo has a habit of doing.”

Aldo hasn’t been beaten in 17 straight bouts, a torrid run that began in May 2006. However, White does present an interesting point.

Since becoming the WEC featherweight champ, which was subsequently transitioned to the UFC champ after the big black Octagon absorbed its smaller blue Octagon brother, Aldo has successfully defended this crown eight times – five resulting in unanimous decisions, while only posting three knockout wins.

That 63 percent decision rate is clearly far too high for White’s liking.

Just in case you were wondering, Aldo finished off 12 victims to only three decisions prior to donning the WEC/UFC title. That’s a lethal 80 percent finishing rate.

Aldo is currently ranked second behind light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on the UFC pound-for-pound totem pole.

If “Scarface” wants to leapfrog Jones in the subjective list, he’ll have the perfect opportunity to do so if he gets his wish to challenge lightweight champ Anthony Pettis for his belt in his next outing.

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