Dana White has been in the media a lot lately. Between having to deal with unhappy fighters requesting to be released, and seemingly everyone coming for his neck. Dana was asked who he has on his UFC Mount Rushmore. Included on his list were Royce Gracie, Jon Bones Jones, The Iceman Chuck Liddell, and Amanda Nunez. So this got me thinking, who would I have on the UFC Mount Rushmore? So here it is.
‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor
It is no secret that Conor McGregor is my favorite fighter of all time. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I have him on my UFC Mount Rushmore. This man came in with so much hype and exceeded every expectation. The first fighter to ever simultaneously hold two UFC belts. Who has he fought? Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, and Jose Aldo to name a few. Aldo was the pound for pound king at the time. I waited over five hours at a Buffalo Wild Wings to watch McGregor knock him out in 13 seconds. It was worth every second. Love him or hate him, the sport would not be where it is today if not for Conor McGregor.
Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva
Dana left Anderson Silva off of his list, and I don’t understand why. The perfect mix of style and precision, Anderson Silva was incredible. I still remember watching him dismember Forest Griffin. The front kick to Vitor Belfort’s face will make anyone’s jaw drop. Sometime Silva was his own worst enemy, as we saw in the Michael Bisping fight. 10 successful title defenses in the middleweight division earn you a spot on my Mount Rushmore.
The legend, the pioneer, the godfather. Whatever you want to call him, it doesn’t matter. Royce Gracie fought from the very start, since UFC 1. Back then there were no weight classes, no gloves, and you fought multiple times in one night. This man would get in the cage with men twice as big as him and latch onto their back like a spider monkey. The Gracie’s are the first family of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie’s never tapped either, you’d have to break it.
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones
I agree with Dana that Jon Jones deserves to make this list. Even with all of the troubles outside the ring, you can’t deny his success inside. A 26-1-0 record with a very questionable NC. The record should have Jones at 26-0-0. 11 successful title defense and absolute domination in the light heavyweight division. Even with the dispute going on between Dana and Jones, he still had to be included on Dana’s UFC Mount Rushmore. So this is my list, what is yours?