Despite not losing since 2007, Georges St-Pierre is no longer the No. 2 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to UFC President Dana White. That spot belongs to Frankie Edgar after the UFC lightweight champion defeated Gray Maynard at UFC 136.
White explained his reasoning in an interview with MMAWeekly.com recently, citing Edgar’s incredible heart and desire to succeed in a division where he is constantly the smaller fighter.
“It’s not about the No. 2 pound-for-pound ranking or anything like that, Georges St-Pierre has been a dominant champion,” White said. “People always have their criticism of Georges St-Pierre, ‘He doesn’t finish,’ things like that, but this guy is the No. 1 pay-per-view in MMA. He’s No. 1 by a long shot. People love him and people want to see him fight.”
White went on to describe the UFC welterweight champion saying, “He’s a professional, he’s always in shape, he does everything he’s supposed to do, you couldn’t meet a nicer guy. You couldn’t ask for a better role model, you couldn’t ask for a better representative of the sport.”
St-Pierre will make his seventh title defense on October 29 at UFC 137 when he meets Carlos Condit.