Bas Rutten’s MMA Mount Rushmore shouldn’t be what most would possibly count on.
UFC president Dana White was not too long ago requested who could be on his MMA Mount Rushmore, and he included Royce Gracie, UFC ladies’s featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chuck Liddell.
However Rutten’s response was a bit completely different. Whereas he did embody a pair anticipated UFC Corridor of Famers, his different two decisions had been fascinating ones.
One particular person he thought strongly about was White, whom Rutten credit for serving to make the UFC what it’s at the moment.
“Royce Gracie, 100 % – he must be the primary man,” Rutten instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “However the man who made the UFC and made every part huge is Dana White. In fact he can’t put himself in. You possibly can say no matter you wish to say, however due to him, all of us watch it. Due to ‘The Final Fighter,’ he got here up with that concept and so they did every part. Individuals say they need more cash. You possibly can say no matter you need. However he’s the toughest working man.”
One other identify he included that may increase some eyebrows is former UFC dual-champ Conor McGregor, arguably the most important star within the historical past of sport.
However earlier than you criticize his inclusion of McGregor, let him clarify why. Rutten acknowledged that McGregor will not be probably the most expert fighter in historical past, however his influence on the game can’t be denied.
“Chuck Liddell, however MMA – is it MMA on the whole? You then’ve acquired to go Fedor (Emelianenko), guys like that. What number of extra eyeballs did Conor McGregor put to MMA? Is he the best fighter with the submission losses? No, he’s not. He’s an excellent fighter, however simply due to what he did and the way a lot consideration he dropped at MMA, does he should be in it? Everybody goes to go, ‘You’re loopy.’ However actually?”
Take a look at Rutten’s full interview with MMA Junkie Radio beneath, by which the UFC Corridor of Famer discusses Kevin Randleman; Henry Cejudo’s latest retirement; pool and residential exercises for fighters caught at residence within the pandemic; his commentating profession; his enterprise into the CBD area with FOCL; and way more.