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Old 10-30-2012, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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GSP: Frankie Edgar is P4P #1

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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre says Frankie Edgar is No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world

For years, the debate raged across the MMA community. Who was the superior pound-for-pound fighter, Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva? Both men were among the sport's greatest champions; their reigns, legendary. At times, the consensus often flip-flopped depending on who fought last and how much Silva appeared to care.

But now the conversation has changed. Nearly 18 months of St-Pierre's inactivity, coupled with the astonishing rise of Jon Jones, has seen the title of the world's greatest fighter rebranded into an ‘anything you can do, I can do better' competition between Jones and Silva.

After Silva's last outing, which just so happened to be one of the most brilliant four minutes and forty seconds this writer has ever seen, "The Spider" seems to have firmly seized the pole position if you abide by the gospel of UFC President Dana White and the near-entirety of the Zuffa roster. However, in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, St-Pierre was asked for his own pound-for-pound list, and surprisingly, Silva only came in at third.

So St-Pierre is a confident guy and he still ranks himself and Jones above Silva; no big deal, right? Well, not exactly. Sure, Jones, came in at No. 2, but unless you read the headline of this article, you'd have never guessed who St-Pierre put atop the pedestal.

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If you had to rank the top three fighters in the UFC now in order, who are they?

"No. 1 is Frankie Edgar; he's the best pound-for-pound fighter we have."

Wait, he's not even a champion.

"He lost his fight to Benson Henderson only according to the judges. He was much stronger than Henderson."

OK, who else is in the top three?
"Jon Jones is No. 2, Anderson Silva's No. 3."
Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2012/10/3...gsp-dana-white

What do yall think? I think Edgar deserves a place in the top 5, but Silva not being number 1...?
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Frankie Edgar isn't even top 5, imo.

I'm getting out of here before people start ragging on GSP for having an opinion.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i can see frankie since he is a small guy for lw and has proven it is his skill not size that wins him fights. jones i just dont get. no clue how you rank jones above anderson.

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sorry GSP it's anderson, he can't be beat
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No wonder GSP doesn't want to fight Anderson. He would get destroyed not buy the #1 PFP guy...but only the 3rd. That isn't worth the beatdown.
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No wonder GSP doesn't want to fight Anderson. He would get destroyed not buy the #1 PFP guy...but only the 3rd. That isn't worth the beatdown.
I think this is along the right lines. But more accurately, there's nothing that would indicate to me that Frankie is #1. I would say if anyone in the UFC could make the case that GSP listed, it'd be Anderson, seeing as he moved up in weight and comes in weighing less than 204 during the weigh-in.

I'm not sure if this is GSP trying to de-legimitize Anderson because of how upfront Anderson has been about calling him out, or if GSP is just delusional. Regardless, P4P is hard to measure, but furthermore putting Jones above Anderson just makes no sense whatsoever.
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Well he's about to become the third man in history to hold UFC belts in two different weight classes, so GSP does have a point.
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I can see it, I mean Frankie is in my eyes the number one wrestler in the UFC right now. I know people think Anderson is the P4P king but he doesn't fight in his natural weight class and when he moves up it's to cherry pick guys that won't wrestle him. If Frankie beat Jose Aldo in addition to his victory over BJ Penn, I'd make that case.
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top 5 at the minute. can probably move him up to 3 (behind Anderson and GSP) if he beats Aldo.
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I can see it, I mean Frankie is in my eyes the number one wrestler in the UFC right now. I know people think Anderson is the P4P king but he doesn't fight in his natural weight class and when he moves up it's to cherry pick guys that won't wrestle him. If Frankie beat Jose Aldo in addition to his victory over BJ Penn, I'd make that case.
How does he not fight in his natural weight class? That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. He weighed 202 for his last 205 fight.

He makes 185 easier than Jones or GSP make their weights. He is the only one of those guys that could make a catchweight halfway to the next weight down.

So how is he not in his natural weight clasS? He has been at 185 for years and at age 38 it is still a fairly easy cut for him to make.

He started off at 168lbs. He actually has moved up a weight class in his life. Where as GSP and Jones started off in theirs. Bendo is HUGE for 155. Cruz moved DOWN a weight. He is the only elite fighter right now that has moved up from where he started his career.

What on earth are you talking about?

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