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Dana White Talks MMA Rankings, Credits Okami and Melendez



UFC President Dana White offered his thoughts on MMA rankings in his latest video blog, and he had a couple of surprising comments, giving credit to Yushin Okami -- whom the UFC usually buries on the non-televised portions of its cards -- as one of the best middleweights in the world, and to Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez as one of the best lightewights.

"This is what it should be if you ask me," White said of the Top 10 lightweights in mixed martial arts. "Frankie Edgar, B.J. Penn, Kenny Florian, I'd be OK with Gilbert Melendez in the top five, Sean Sherk should definitely be in there. ... Gray Maynard should be up there."

I was surprised that White mentioned Melendez -- who just beat Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki -- as a top five lightweight, but I give him credit for doing so. And I have to think White's comments are a sign that when Melendez's contract is up, he'll remind White of that comment.

But I was even more surprised by how highly White ranked Okami.

"I think that Yushin Okami is top four," White said, naming only UFC champion Anderson Silva and No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen as the middleweights ranked ahead of Okami.

So does that mean Okami just needs to win another fight and he'd get the Silva-Sonnen winner?