With just one champion per division, it is much easier to determine the greats in UFC compared to other combat sport boxing which has a range of champions and belts per division.
Recently, Dana White sat down with GQ sports to take part in their ‘Actually Me’ segment where a superstar from the sporting world goes undercover and replies to fans on social media. He covers a range of topics such as which casinos he’s banned from, which champion he’d cut and the most satisfying UFC victory he’s witnessed. He also names his five goats of the sport.
Jon Jones has been the light heavyweight champion on three different occasions but has since relinquished his title to move up to the heavyweight division. He will be returning to the Octagon soon to take on Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic looking to better his impressive 26-1 record.
Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva will always be an all-time great of the sport. The former middleweight champion holds the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days which included 16 successive defences until his retirement in 2020.
It’s almost six years since we last saw Ronda Rousey in the Octagon after leaving the sport following two defeats in succession after her 12 straight wins, but her legacy lives on. She was a trailblazer for women in the UFC and has also been incredibly successful in the WWE.
Notorious is a man that needs no introduction. His marketability helped the UFC’s exponential growth and Conor McGregor’s ability matched that. We haven’t seen him in the Octagon for over a year since he broke his leg in the loss against Dustin Poirier. The former champion is close to a potential return after being back in full training. He just doesn’t have an opponent named yet.
Georges St-Pierre is a UFC champion in both the welterweight division (three times) and middleweight division (two times). He retired as a defending champion in 2013 although he returned in 2017 for a period. The Canadian tops plenty of GOAT lists so it is no surprise to see him named by Dana White!
Watch the video below, he makes the admission from 7:40: