9X WORLD CHAMPION
Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I've let down
Everyone needs to get over it, Jones is P4P #1. If anything, Gus should now be in the talk for being up there. But because a guy had a tough fight doesn't knock him out of #1. Just ask Anderson Silva after he got dominated by Sonnen for 4 rounds but pulled off the late victory....
Aldo beating Florian is the equivalent of Struve dropping down to LHW, winning the first round, and then getting pwned.
I've never heard any type of argument for Jones being top 5 p4p other than "he's really good at beating guys in his weight class that he's much, much bigger than." No discussion of elite level skill, no valid discussion of being better than everyone else at...anything.
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And yet, most people and rankings have him as #1 since AS lost. There is no argument against it. He's been #2 for a little while now. And he has not lost yet. This last fight was definitely his closest and that's a testament to how good Gus is in my opinion. As for the argument, in each fight other than this one, he has shown new things. Choking out Machida, finishing all but 4 of this fights. I would say that's a pretty good showing of his skills.
And he's been better than anyone he's faced so far...
GSP has not lost either in years and he has dominated every opponent he has faced.
He is not a finisher, but he ragdolls everybody. In his last 11 fights, he has been in serious trouble only a couple of minutes, and that was against Condit. Other than that, he has done anything he wanted with everyone.
Jose Aldo has also not lost since 2005 and he has looked very dominant and impressive.
For me, he should be considered right now the best P4P fighter in the world.
Jon Jones should be No. 4, or maybe No. 5 if we put Renan Barao ahead of him
Not only brazilians can do this stuff
For this reason I think all dominant champs should test the waters in a higher division after they've cleaned out their division. It would make the p4p discussion much more informed and interesting. Also, it takes a bit for things to shake out in their division at that point and they might as well see how they stack up in the next division against a low to mid level fighter. If they rack up 2 or 3 impressive wins in that division over time, that makes a super fight with the champ at that weight class more interesting, and somewhat deserved. That's about the point silva was at before his recent loss.
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