UFC President Dana White has seen all of them and in relation to naming 4 fighters who should be immortalized on a mountainside, even he needed to pause to contemplate his choices.
Throughout an look on The Schmozone Podcast, White was requested who he would put in his MMA Mount Rushmore, a hypothetical monument with undefined standards that may presumably contain in-cage success, mainstream recognition, and affect on the game. To begin, White named Royce Gracie, the massively influential star of the UFC’s earliest days, and dominant champions Amanda Nunes and Jon Jones.
“If you happen to’re speaking a couple of Mount Rushmore the place the heads are carved in stone eternally, it’s important to go Royce Gracie. No-brainer, have to try this,” White stated. “Amanda Nunes. Needs to be Amanda Nunes, best feminine fighter ever. The opposite two are powerful.
“I must go together with a Jon Jones. The man’s by no means been beat and what’s extra wonderful about him going undefeated — which is extremely wonderful as a result of only a few individuals do it within the sport — is the issues that he’s performed to himself exterior of the octagon and he nonetheless hasn’t been beat.”
White’s current skilled and philosophical disagreements with Nunes and Jones didn’t cease him from heaping reward on the fighters and he went so far as to say that he’s campaigned on a number of events to have Jones’s lone loss — a doubtful disqualification in opposition to Matt Hamill in 2009 — stricken from the document.
“Consider me, I’ve battled to get that factor overturned and it’s nearly unimaginable to do,” White stated. “That’s the issue once you get incompetent individuals in there. That man (referee Steve Mazzagatti) is as incompetent a referee as I’ve ever seen in my life. It was throughout a really weak interval in the course of the Nevada State Athletic fee, the director was weak and there have been different weak individuals all through the fee at the moment. It’s so exhausting to get that stuff overturned. It’s simply an instance of how essential it’s to have the correct individuals in there.
“Jon Jones ought to have a zero [in the loss column] after his identify.”
For the remaining spot, White leaned in the direction of his shut good friend and former UFC mild heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. “The Iceman” was a key determine in the course of the promotion’s rise to mainstream reputation in the course of the 2000s. His feuds with Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz helped to propel the UFC from curiosity to respectable pay-per-view success.
“Quantity 4 on the Mount Rushmore, I suppose you’d should go together with Chuck Liddell,” White stated. “On the time limit, he was as huge a star as ever. It’s nearly a coin flip between Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin and so they’re each from the identical present, the primary season of The Final Fighter. Chuck turned a large star, was the best paid man within the firm on the time and all that stuff.”
“If you happen to have a look at what Anderson Silva did for Brazil and what GSP did for Canada, these guys who had affect on a complete nation,” White added. “It’s very large and really robust.”
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