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.

White additionally thought of fan favourite Forrest Griffin and the recommendations of Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, however in the end went with Liddell.

“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.”


Confidence. Dan Hooker believes he’ll put Dustin Poirier away inside the gap after they meet on June 27.

Retirement? Dana White wouldn’t be shocked if Amanda Nunes retired.

Troll. Darren Until goes out of his approach to antagonize Mike Perry.

Sad. Cosmo Alexandre is butting heads with ONE Championship over his pay.


Between the Hyperlinks, Episode 3.

Free struggle.

Ali Abdelaziz’s newest problem for Conor McGregor.

Study from the Crimson King.

ICYMI: Bellator’s tribute to Kimbo Slice.


UFC Unfiltered. Matt Serra and Jim Norton discuss to rising contenders Merab Dvalishvili and Marvin Vettori.

The Mookie & Crookie Present. Recapping UFC on ESPN 10, plus ideas on Junior dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Jorge Masvidal’s ongoing negotiation drama.


Extra Joe Silva tales from a UFC veteran.

Aleksei Oleinik accepts a struggle as our ancestors as soon as did.

Dr. Schaub is within the constructing.

That’s… higher?

Think about Francis Ngannou getting on that Tony Ferguson coaching routine

Or think about this man coming at you on the rugby discipline.

Roxanne Modafferi powering up for the weekend.


Brendan Allen (14-3) vs. Kyle Daukaus (9-0); UFC on ESPN 12, June 27.

Elizeu Zaleski (22-6) vs. Muslim Salikhov (16-2); UFC 215, July 11.

Ricardo Ramos (14-2) vs. Lerone Murphy (8-0-1); UFC Combat Evening, July 15.

Pedro Munhoz (18-4, 1 NC) vs. Frankie Edgar (23-8-1); UFC Combat Evening, July 15.

Ketlen Vieira (10-1) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (12-5, 1 NC); UFC Combat Evening, Aug. 1.

Derrick Lewis (23-7, 1 NC) vs. Alexey Oleinik (59-13-1); UFC Combat Evening, Aug. 8.

Nicco Montano (4-3) vs. Julia Avila (8-1); UFC Combat Evening, Aug. 8.

Chris Weidman (14-5) vs. Omari Akhmedov (20-4-1); UFC Combat Evening, Aug. 8.


Positive, Dana White’s MMA Mount Rushmore is okay, nevertheless it’s a tad UFC-centric. If we’re trying past the octagon, let’s go Fedor Emelianenko, Kimbo Slice, Charles Bennett, and Travis Fulton.

Actual ones know.

Oh, and Jed Meshew will likely be again tomorrow.


Ballot

Who’s probably the most evident omission from Dana White’s Mount Rushmore?

  • 11%

    Conor McGregor

    (49 votes)

  • 5%

    Ronda Rousey

    (25 votes)

  • 63%

    Georges St-Pierre

    (269 votes)

  • 11%

    Anderson Silva

    (47 votes)

  • 4%

    Randy Couture

    (21 votes)

  • 2%

    Different (depart remark beneath)

    (12 votes)



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