I actually still have Silva as #1 P4P, GSP #2, and I'm not sure after that. I don't think Aldo gets _nearly_ enough credit but I recognize that Bones has beaten some legends.
Overall, I see Bones as someone who will be a P4P great, maybe even #1, in his career but that it's too early for that. When folks compare Bones' fights to GSP's, they forget that GSP represents both this and the prior generation of MMA fighter. His accomplishments need to be held in that light. Bones has all the talent to get there, but he hasn't passed GSP IMO.
EDIT: Also, RH - Where do you have have Edgar ranked given the size debate?
I really think Dana has something against GSP. I wonder if Jones loses if he'll still avoid calling GSP the p4p best.
I always looked at p4p as the fighter who was the best in multiple weight classes, I might be wrong in looking at it that way but it is all opinion anyway. That being the case I've always had Silva #1 and honestly still do. Until Jones fights outside of 205 then I dont consider him the best p4p. I dont think GSP or Aldo can be considered either. I do however think Hendo and Edgar deserve a mention. Again I want to state that I understand not everyone looks at it this way so hold back the hate please. If Aldo fights at LW or Jones moves up to HW then my opinion would possibly change
P4P is a equal judgment of a fighter ability that if there weight was = who's skill set would win. My self I hold Aldo higher than Jones.
Also finishes don't really count winning the fight does. Yes I like finishes but just trying to be realistic
This is hilarious. There's a huge skill gap when u compare Silva, Gsp, aldo, and edgar to jones. Jones is cruising on size advantages with oblique kicks and elbows to the throat on smaller opponents. Lets not forget fighting two middleweights.
Jones top game and clinch are the only things I think he's good at. Running from ur opponent just throwing oblique kicks and front kicks don't mean u are the 'new anderson' either so please quit the comparisons. The guy doesn't even have ko power against smaller opponents, just wait till its time for hw. He will barely crack top 10, sure as hell never top 5. Its a different ball game when u can coast off of a 10+ inch reach advantage
What Riv and Hoss said.
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My current top 5 p4p rankings:
Anderson--drops one place due to the loss, because I feel most of his skills are intact
Jones--I'd have Cruz here, but he hasn't fought in well over a year and a half
Cain--although it's an arguable ranking right now...if he beats JDS again, he eclipses Jones...if he loses, he's probably out of top 5
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wait....did you just say Genki Sudo unretired?
As time passes by, I really think that Aldo should be considered #1 p4p. His overall skillset, i.e., every facet of his game in my opinion is more complete than any of the other fighters in the p4p list. He is 22-1 with his only loss being outside of his weight class and he's on a 15 fight win streak. He has destroyed many opponents and two of them were a legit contenders in the 155 division (i.e., Kenny Florian) and a legit champion (i.e, Frankie Edgar).
GSP has probably fought better competition than anyone in the p4p list, but his overall skillset isn't where Aldo's is. It is close but I really think Aldo should be considered the top p4p.
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