UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, accomplished what most once believed to be impossible; he defeated Anderson Silva twice. He is currently ranked #5 on the UFC official pound for pound rankings, and will take on the streaking Vitor Belfort later on this year. Today, Dana White stated that if Weidman defeats Belfort, he should be considered the #1 pound for pound best fighter in the world.
In Dana’s UFC on FOX 10 pre-fight media scrum he mentioned that Weidman vs Belfort will likely be on July 4th weekend or Memorial Day weekend. He continued to talk about the magnitude of the fight, Vitor’s TRT usage, and Weidman budding into a superstar. When asked where he would consider Weidman on the pound for pound list if he is able to defeat Belfort, Dana had this to say:
He is the best. He is #1. How is he not #1 pound for pound in the world if he beats Vitor Belfort? It’s impossible not to call him the #1 pound for pound guy.
Only a week prior, Dana was quoted that he would consider Renan Barao to be the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world if he finishes Urijah Faber next weekend. When asked about his previous comment, White had a pretty witty answer:
If (Weidman) beats Vitor, Barao is f***ing number 2 [laughs].
The fight between Weidman and Vitor is arguably the biggest fight on the horizon for the UFC at this point. With the departure of Georges St-Pierre and injuries to Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis, and Cain Velasquez, the UFC is desperately hoping for Weidman to become a superstar. A win over Vitor in July will most certainly cement that status, and according to White, grant him the spot as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA.