Dana White left Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov off his UFC Mount Rushmore

  • Tom Ward

Dana White named his ‘Mount Rushmore’ of UFC – with Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov notably missing from the list.

The UFC president gave his thoughts on the top four MMA fighters in the sport’s history while appearing on an episode of The Schmozone podcast two years ago.

White, 52, also spoke about his problems with DAZN and The Athletic.

And the Schmo asked White – who has been in charge of the UFC for the best part of the last two decades – which past or present stars deserve the recognition to be put on a UFC version of Mount Rushmore.

The legendary MMA promoter selected Royce Gracie, Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell and Amanda Nunes.

But he admitted it was a bit of a toss-up between Liddell and Forrest Griffin.

He said: “I mean if you talk about a Mount Rushmore, where their heads are carved in stone forever, you have to go Royce Gracie, no brainer, you have to do that.

“Amanda Nunes, it has to be Amanda Nunes the greatest female fighter ever.

UFC president Dana White left Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov off his MMA Mount Rushmore

“The other two are tough. I would have to go with Jon Jones. The guy’s never been beaten.

“What is more amazing about him going undefeated, which is incredibly amazing because very few people do it in this sport, is the things he’s done to himself outside the octagon and he still hasn’t been beat.

“Believe me, I have battled to get that thing overturned, and it’s almost impossible to do.

“That’s the problem when you get incompetent people in there. That guy is as incompetent a referee as I’ve ever seen in my life. It was during a very weak period of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“It’s so hard to get that stuff overturned, it’s just an example of how important it is to have the right people in there, because Jon Jones should have a zero on his record next to his name.

Anderson Silva was also another notable absentee

“The number four on Mount Rushmore, I guess you have to go with Chuck Liddell. At the point in time, he was the biggest star ever.

“It’s almost a coinflip between Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, and they’re both from the same show, the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

“Chuck became a massive star, was the highest paid guy in the company at the time, and all that stuff.”

McGregor and Nurmagomedov weren’t the only ones to miss out, as there were several other notable absentees as well – with both Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre overlooked despite previously jostling for position at the top of the official pound-for-pound rankings.

Silva, 42, recently blasted the UFC for their treatment of fighters, claiming they try ‘to use you and then kick you out.’

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However, White insists that he has no idea where any of this is coming from, as he claims it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Speaking at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference, he said: “Anderson Silva, what the f*** is Anderson Silva talking about?”

“When have any of you ever heard me talk negative, except for the fight in Abu Dhabi, about Anderson Silva? Never. I’ve never talked bad about Anderson Silva.

“Not only that, we let the guy fight through his contract, he lost seven of his last eight, or eight of his last nine fight, and always treated him with – I don’t know where the hell this is coming from, from him that then I started trying to make is so he couldn’t make money after.

“I said, ‘Jake Paul is looking to fight somebody, fight Anderson Silva, that guy’s out there, he’s available, he’s 47 years old.’ It’s baffling to me.”

“Been a long time. His son hits me up and wants to come to fights, absolutely. This is his house, if he ever wants – that came out of left field and makes absolutely no sense to me.

“Unless you guys have heard me say something that I don’t remember saying, the only time I ever said anything negative about Anderson Silva was in Abu Dhabi after that fight.”

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