We are able to debate this query query perpetually: Who’s on the MMA Mount Rushmore? In different phrases, the 4 best fighters of all time.
The reply, in fact, is subjective and sure is determined by the way you outline “best.” Is your standards heavy on wins and losses? Is it about championships or data? How does longevity think about? Do you place numerous weight on how a fighter impacted the game in a basic sense?
On the subject of answering this loaded query, maybe no one is extra certified than Dana White, who’s labored with, is aware of personally and has watched up shut the very best of the very best throughout his almost 20 years as UFC president.
White needed to actually give it some thought when he was requested for his MMA Mount Rushmore on “The Schmozone Podcast.”
“In the event you’re speaking a few Mount Rushmore the place the heads are carved in stone perpetually, you need to go Royce Gracie. No-brainer, have to try this,” White stated. “Amanda Nunes. Must be Amanda Nunes, best feminine fighter ever.”
These two names got here out of White’s mouth rapidly. However the different two?
“The opposite two are robust,” White stated, earlier than finally rounding out his MMA Mount Rushmore.
“I must go together with a Jon Jones,” he continued. “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 outdoors of the octagon, and he nonetheless hasn’t been beat. …
“No. four on the Mount Rushmore, I assume you’d need to go together with Chuck Liddell. On the time limit, he was as massive 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 grew to become a large star, was the very best paid man within the firm on the time and all that stuff.”
For what it’s price, White did go on to acknowledge that Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, along with their in-cage accolades, did enormous issues for the expansion of MMA in Canada and Brazil, respectively.
- Anybody’s Mount Rushmore that doesn’t embody GSP (the GOAT) is a criminal offense. Sorry, however that needs to be stated.
- The truth that neither of White’s two largest money cows, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, are included is kind of surprising. Thought for certain a minimum of one in every of them would make it.
- The truth that Gracie was a “no-brainer” and the primary particular person he named is definitely fairly superior.
- Nunes’ inclusion is shocking, but it surely’s positively time to cease speaking about her when it comes to being the best feminine fighter of all time and simply take into account her among the many all-time greats interval.
- So Jones is on White’s Mount Rushmore, however he’s not price “Deontay Wilder cash.” OK …
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