UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten appeared recently on MMA Junkie Radio, and was asked to comment on UFC president Dana White's choices for the MMA Mount Rushmore. White chose:
El Guapo agreed, and disagreed.
“Royce Gracie, 100 percent – he needs to be the first guy,” said Rutten, as transcribed by Farah Hannoun for MMA Junkie. “But the guy who made the UFC and made everything big is Dana White. Of course, he can’t put himself in. You can say whatever you want to say, but because of him, we all watch it. Because of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ he came up with that idea and they did everything. People say they want more money. You can say whatever you want. But he’s the hardest working guy.”
“Chuck Liddell, but MMA – is it MMA in general? Then you’ve got to go Fedor, guys like that. How many more eyeballs did Conor McGregor put to MMA? Is he the greatest fighter with the submission losses? No, he’s not. He’s a very good fighter, but just because of what he did and how much attention he brought to MMA, does he deserve to be in it? Everyone is going to go, ‘You’re crazy.’ But really?”
Bas's Mount Rushmore
•Chuck Liddell, or Fedor Emelianenko if you aren't limiting to UFC