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According to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, Frankie Edgar trumps him, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones when it comes to the pound-for-pound rankings.
This one is bound to raise a few eyebrows.
In the age-old argument as to who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA), the usual suspects in the form of current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holders Jon Jones, Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva are always at the top of the list.
According to current welterweight kingpin, Georges St. Pierre, his list looks drastically different. In fact he's not even in the top three and Anderson Silva, a man who hasn't lost in nearly six years and has shattered just about every UFC record there is, sits at number three.
So who, according to 'Rush,' is the best pound-for pound fighter in the UFC?
None other than former 155-pound champion, Frankie Edgar.
His puzzling answer to Los Angeles Times:
While you were gone, the landscape has changed. Jon Jones is dominating at light-heavyweight. Anderson convincingly beat Chael Sonnen. 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."
"I haven't fought in a long time. I'm out of it. After Carlos Condit, maybe I'll be back."
Before you all get riled up and slam "Rush" for his opinion, we must remember that pound-for-pound rankings are just that, opinions.
Granted, "The Answer" has proven to be one of the most skilled MMA fighters in the world and is undoubtedly a gifted fighter, but, the fact remains, he is currently on a two fight skid, to the same man no less (Ben Henderson), and isn't even the champion in his own division.
St. Pierre has always been rather modest when it comes to praising himself, so leaving himself off the list is not too surprising, though he definitely belongs in the top three.
However, the fact that ‘Rush" has branded Edgar the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound is a bit of a head scratcher.
Anyone else out there confused? Or do you actually agree with St. Pierre on this one?