DANA WHITE has named his picks for the five greatest fighters in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts‘ premier promotion celebrates its 30th birthday on November 12 – an incredible milestone considering it wasn’t that long ago that the sport was frowned upon.
Some of the sport’s most iconic and influential figures have come and gone during that time – many of whom have already been honoured with inductions into the Hall of Fame.
The veteran promoter has seen some of the greatest fighters in the briefof the sport come and go during his reign, so much so he’s struggled to choose the five best combatants to ever compete in the octagon.
“You gotta have Amanda Nunes, greatest female fighter of all time. There’s just so many, it’s hard to pick five.
“Kamaru Usman has got to be in there, Chuck Liddell in his time, Royce [Gracie] in his era and in his time, it’s hard to just pick five.
“If you look at the different generations, they took the sport to another level.
“Matt Hughes would have to make the list. There’s so many people, it’s tough to pick.”
White is no stranger to being asked to give his MMA fighters of all time.on the greatest
He told The Schmo in 2020: “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.
“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 in this sport, is the things he’s done to himself outside the octagon and he still hasn’t been beat.
“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 coin flip between Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin.”
MMA’s top promotion resumes pay-per-view actionSaturday with UFC 292 in Boston.
The card will be headlined by Aljamain Sterling’s fourth defence of the bantamweight title against fan favourite Sean O’Malley.