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Daniel Cormier: Aside from Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones is the best fighter in MMA today

Who's the best fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) today? Daniel Cormier suggests it's light heavyweight champion Jon Jones -- but only if he can't pick longtime training partner and current heavyweight king Cain Velasquez.

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No love for "The Spider?"

During a recent fan chat, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier was asked who he thought was the best fighter competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) today.

And -- to the surprise of many -- "DC" didn't go with the obvious choice of current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, the man widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the the history of the sport.

According to Cormier, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is the king of kings when it comes to MMA:

"I think really Cain, but just so it's not like I'm picking my teammate, I think the best guy right now honestly is Jon Jones. He's the best right now, and he's gotten better because he's learned to fight with his length. Complement that with his cardio and physical gifts, and he's the best guy."

Of course, the former Olympian only made that choice by default because he didn't want to look like he was just picking the home team, saying the real owner to that title belongs to his American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) stablemate and current 265-pound kingpin Cain Velasquez.

According to the latest official UFC rankings, "Brown Pride" currently sits at #6 on the pound-for-pound list while Silva occupies the number one spot, with Jones ever-so-close behind at #2.

The only way to truly find out is to eventually have all three men face off against one another.

Jones has contemplated a move up to the heavyweight division down the road, so a fight against Velasquez isn't too far-fetched. Furthermore, a bout pitting "The Spider" vs. "Bones" is at the top of the list when it comes to "super fights" to make.

Until company president Dana White makes it happen, the debate as to who the best really is will continue. But in Cormier's eyes, Cain is the real numero uno.

Anyone out there agree with "DC" on this one? Is Cain Velasquez -- or Jon Jones, for that matter -- the best fighter in the game today? Or does the coveted crown still belong to longtime 185-pound champion, Anderson Silva?

Let's not forget about welterweight king Georges St. Pierre, either.

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