Dana White Speaks on Debate If Amanda Nunes or Jon Jones Is Greatest UFC Fighter

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2019

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Amanda Nunes of Brazil looks on prior to a Women's Feather weight bout against Cris Cyborg of Brazil during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California.  Nunes defeated Cyborg by TKO in the first round.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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UFC President Dana White was unequivocal about naming Amanda Nunes the greatest female fighter of all time after her defeat of Cris Cyborg on December 29 made her the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion.

However, speaking to TMZ Sports, he stopped short of putting her above Jon Jones on the all-time list, outlining the impressive victories Bones has had in the men's light heavyweight division:

"Yes [Nunes is the greatest female fighter]. She's the best. We said it going into that fight; the one that came out with the 135- and 145-pound belts would be the best ever; the winner of that fight would be the best ever. 

"Anybody who wins two belts—the whole champ-champ thing is real. She won two belts. Cyborg, the most feared fighter out there, she went in and made it look easy.

"Right now if you look at Nunes she's been active, she's fought all the best out there, she's got two belts in two different weight classes. Jon Jones has done the same thing, he's fought all the best out there. You look at who he beat in the light heavyweight division ... The fact that he beat Daniel Cormier twice is unbelievable, because Cormier is unbelievable. We'll see what comes for Jon Jones."

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 29:  (L-R) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women's featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zu
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Brazilian Nunes moved up a weight division to take on Cyborg for the featherweight title at UFC 232 in California and knocked out the 33-year-old 51 seconds into the opening round with an overhand right.

It was Cyborg's first defeat since her professional MMA debut in May 2005, and as far as White is concerned, it has ended the debate over who's the greatest female fighter.

For Nunes, Cyborg was just the latest in a roll call of high-profile victims.

It was arguably the crowing moment of the 30-year-old's career, but her previous wins over the likes of Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Miesha Tate were similarly brutal and impressive. 

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Jon Jones looks prior to a Light Heavyweight titlebout  against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California.   Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO.  (Phot
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Jones, 31, has also seen off some auspicious opponents in his time, including Alexander Gustafsson, Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader. 

His professional MMA record stands at 23-1, with the only loss coming against Matt Hamill in 2009 when he was disqualified. 

However, the American does have a tarnished record given that both his defeats of Cormier, in 2015 and 2017, were followed by his being stripped of the light heavyweight title—first for disciplinary reasons and then for testing positive for a banned substance. 

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