Dana White: Renan Barao is 'without a doubt' the No. 2 best pound-for-pound fighter in the world because he 'annihilates' people

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Did Renan Barao just leap over Jose Aldo in the pound-for-pound rankings? In Dana White's view, he did that long ago.

Move over, Jose Aldo, but your friend and training partner, Renan Barao, has bumped you from the No. 2 spot on the current pound-for-pound rankings.

Well, not officially.

According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, however, Barao has made a strong case to be considered the second best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, inches behind light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.

White explained his reasoning during the UFC Fight Night 40 media scrum:

"I'm a big Renan Barao fan. What don't you love about Renan Barao? He finishes and he wrecks people. I still go back-and-forth with the Jon Jones, Renan Barao thing. I still, without a doubt, think Renan Barao is the No. 2 ranked (pound-for-pound fighter). After Jones's last performance, he looked so damn good. And he just buzz-sawed through all the big names at 205. Even before that I was calling Barao the No. 1 pound-for-pound, but he is without a doubt the No. 2 pound-for-pound guy in the world. He goes in there, and no matter who he faces, he goes in there to finish them. I love guys that go in to annihilate people, and that's what he does."

The Las Vegas fight boss failed to mention that the scrappy Brazilian bantamweight champion is also the proud owner of the longest-running win streak in mixed martial arts (MMA) with 32 in a row, including four consecutive title defenses inside the Octagon.

Impressive numbers, indeed.

But, what really has White sold on Barao is his aggressive fight style, which has been on full display in his last three bouts as evidenced by his finishes over Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland and Michael McDonald.

That lack of aggression on Aldo's part could be another reason White dumped the featherweight champion from the No. 2 spot.  Some, meanwhile, seem to think "Scarface" is actually No. 1

Anyway, that's just one man's opinion ... what's yours?

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