Most mixed martial arts pound-for-pound lists have installed UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones as No. 1, and with good reason, as Jones has dominated his division since 2011.
But former UFC heavyweight champion Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos disagrees, and instead tabs his fellow Brazilian, featherweight champion Jose Aldo, as No. 1.
“There are a lot of great fighters right now. It’s complicated, but I’ll choose Jose Aldo,” said Dos Santos in a chat with fans, as quoted by MMA Fighting.
“It’s impressive what Aldo has done in his division,” said Dos Santos. “I know that a lot of people are talking about Jon Jones, and he really is a phenom, he’s really good.”
“But Aldo is at the top and defending his title for a lot longer. Jose Aldo is the man right now.”
In the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings, Jones is first, while Aldo is second. Dos Santos, meanwhile, is ranked second in the heavyweight division.
Dos Santos’ argument has some merit, as Aldo is unbeaten in six fights in the UFC, and has won 17 consecutive bouts dating back to when he was fighting at the World Extreme Cagefighting.
Jones, for his part, has won 10 straight fights, including six straight defenses of his light heavyweight title.
Aldo, meanwhile, has previously disregarded the pound-for-pound rankings as “useless.”
“I don’t care about it or anything people put on,” Aldo said back in February. “The best pound-for-pound fighter is (heavyweight champion Cain) Velasquez because he beats all of them. If they put him against me, he’d beat me.”
“That’s how it works for me. The best is the one that beats everybody. I don’t care about the rankings,” said Aldo.