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Jon Jones has looked virtually unstoppable since winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. However, despite his short-term success, he still hasn't proven to promotion president Dana White he's got the staying power of Anderson Silva or GSP.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (17-1) has beaten five straight former division titleholders and finished four of them in the process. Outside of a disqualification loss stemming from his attempted murder of Matt Hamill in late 2009, "Bones" has yet to taste defeat.
UFC President Dana White still doesn't think that qualifies him as the Octagon's best, and points to the success of his middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4), as well as to the body of work from welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre (22-2), both of whom rank higher than Jones in his personal pound-for-pound list.
White explains himself to ESPN.co.uk:
"[Georges St. Pierre] is my number two. Jon Jones is getting there. Jon Jones proved a lot -- to a lot of people -- in that fight (against Vitor Belfort). Staying in that armbar, popping out of it like he wasn't even in an armbar, continuing to fight the way that he did, kept himself together mentally. He came a long way. My thing is, I don't ever give Jon Jones the huge ... these other guys, Anderson Silva's been doing it since 2005 in the UFC, Georges St. Pierre's been doing it forever. Jon Jones has been on a tear for a year and a half. He's had some problems. Time will tell. We'll see what happens, where he ends up. At the rate he's going, he's on his way to number one and possibly going down as one of the greatest ever, too."
Jones is coming off a submission victory of "The Phenom" in the main event of UFC 152 last month in Toronto. Unfortunately, both Silva and St. Pierre have an opportunity to widen the gap at the next two pay-per-view (PPV) events, starting this Saturday night (Oct. 13, 2012) at UFC 153 when "The Spider" takes on Stephan Bonnar at 205 pounds.
If all three champions finish their 2012 fight campaigns in the win column, where do you rank them on the pound-for-pound list? Anyone think White is letting personal feelings sway his opinion? Or does his list make perfect sense just the way it is?