The only thing more subjective than MMA divisional rankings is pound-for-pound rankings. Regardless, UFC president Dana White got pretty passionate about the subject following Frankie Edgar’s (Pictured) dramatic victory at UFC 136.
For the most part, White has always placed middleweight king Anderson Silva atop his P4P list. However, the pecking order between fighters 2 through 5 has changed depending upon who has fought most recently. It appears “The Answer” has now emerged as the new flavor of the month.
“[Edgar’s] the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, period,” Dana White said at the post-fight press conference. “The only thing that keeps him from being No. 1 is that Anderson Silva has not been beaten since 2006 and since he’s been in the UFC. Most of the time he’s been champion.
“If you really look at what pound-for-pound means, there’s no way you can deny that Frankie Edgar is No. 2. The guy weighs 145 pounds and he’s beating guys at 155 pounds.”
Edgar owns an impressive 14-1-1 professional record and avenged the only blemish on his resume by violently putting Gray Maynard down on Saturday night. Although he faced an opponent who was much larger than he was, as he often does in the lightweight class, Edgar managed to survive an early onslaught and defend his throne for the second time.
While he might be small in stature, the size of his Rocky Balboa-like heart is immeasurable.
“He beat a guy who had him out of it, and he was done in the 1stRound,” White said of Edgar. “Many people thought [Maynard] had his number and he knocked him out.
“I’ve never seen any [expletive] like that in my life. What he did [Saturday] was amazing and he’s the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
Champions Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones and Jose Aldo (in no particular order) typically round out the pound-for-pound rankings on most lists.