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In a little bit of a shock, Conor McGregor options on Bas Rutten’s combined martial arts Mount Rushmore.

UFC president Dana White was just lately requested about his personal Mount Rushmore and went with the likes of Royce Gracie, Amanda Nunes, Jon Jones and Chuck Liddell.

And when the query was posed to former UFC heavyweight champion Rutten, the Dutchman had some fascinating picks. He too, included Gracie alongside White himself. It then got here down between Liddell and Fedor Emelianenko for Rutten’s third choose.

As for the fourth choose? Rutten appears to suppose McGregor warrants a spot.

McGregor Affect Plain

Whereas Rutten agrees that the Irishman lacks issues comparable to title defenses, he feels the influence and eyeballs he has dropped at the game is one thing that can’t be denied.

“What number of extra eyeballs did Conor McGregor put to MMA? Is he the best fighter with the submission losses? No, he’s not,” Rutten advised MMA Junkie (through MMA Information).

“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?”

It’s actually a speaking level, if influence is a criterion within the dialogue.

McGregor, for one, believes he’s already a contender to be the GOAT of MMA as he sparked that separate dialogue final month. If he desires it to turn out to be a extra unanimous opinion, he should finally come out of his present retirement.

Do you agree with Rutten that McGregor deserves a spot within the MMA Mount Rushmore?

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