WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo successfully defended his belt last week at WEC 51 against Manny Gamburyan; putting on another performance that has many fans and pundits bestowing the young Brazilian with the title of “Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter Alive.” Carmichael Dave of Comcast Sports Net recently spoke with UFC President Dana White about the issue and found the outspoken figurehead staunch in his position on who is the top pound-for-pound fighter currently.
“Listen moron, I’m at dinner right now (hours after WEC 51). But you’re really pissing me off,” White told Dave when the reporter suggested Aldo to be number one. “Anderson Silva is a pain in my ass. This isn’t Chuck Liddell, we aren’t best friends. But you can’t deny what the man has done.”
In case any were in denial over Silva’s accomplishments, White put together a short list.
“He (Silva) hasn’t lost in the UFC,” White exclaimed. “The guy has not only cleared out his division, he’s gone up to 205 (from 185) and beaten a guy like Forrest Griffin, who beat Rampage Jackson and ‘Shogun’ Rua.”
Unsurprisingly, White chose more fighters under the Zuffa umbrella when discussing the pound-for-pound debate further.
“And Frankie Edgar is right there too. I might actually put him at No. 2. This guy is for real. He beat BJ Penn twice, and kicked his ass in their last fight. I love and respect Manny Gamburyan, but he’s no BJ Penn. And the only thing keeping GSP (170 pound champ Georges St. Pierre) out of the top 3 is (a KO loss) to Matt Serra.”
Aldo knocked out Gamburyan in the second round of their WEC 51 title fight this past Thursday evening in Broomfield, Colorado to successfully defend his belt for the for the second time since winning the strap from Mike Brown back in November. Silva recently fought back from the brink of defeat against Chael Sonnen and successfully defended his middleweight belt for the seventh consecutive time after securing a fight-ending triangle choke in the waning moments of the fight. Silva is expected back in action in the early quarter of 2011 and there has been no word yet on when or against whom Aldo will make his return.