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White: Silva still #1 P4P over Fedor

UFC president Dana White would be the first to blast Anderson Silva's performance at UFC 97 Saturday in Montreal, but he still believes the middleweight champ is deserving of the status as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Among pollsters and fans, the best pound-for-pound fighter bid is generally a three-way race between Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Fedor Emelianenko.

"I'll be honest and say I didn't like his fight tonight, I was unhappy with it, but I'll tell you right know, he's the best," White said at the post-fight conference. "Fedor [Emelianenko] is not the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, [Silva and Georges St-Pierre] continue to fight the best," White said. "Fedor is at a buffet somewhere in Russia."

However, White's number two pick, St-Pierre may disagree.

"I don't know if Anderson is number one because there is a guy named Fedor Emelianenko. I would say Anderson is number two," St-Pierre said the night before UFC 97. "I would put Anderson or Fedor but I don't know, it could go either way."

White believes once Silva begins to pull the trigger again, and finish fights, it'll be more apparent that he's the best in the world.

"When Anderson Silva lets his stuff go, there isn't anything anyone can do. You can't stop this guy," White said.