UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre lists Conor McGregor, Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov on his ‘Mount Rushmore’ list of the sport’s legendary figures – as well as Royce Gracie, the man who inspired him as a child
- Georges St-Pierre is widely regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters ever
- The 39-year-old Canadian fighter has been entered into the UFC Hall of Fame
- He also spoke about modern-day fighters and picked his UFC ‘Mount Rushmore’
- Conor McGregor, Khabib, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva were all on the list
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has listed Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva on his ‘Mount Rushmore’ of the company’s most prestigious fighters.
The Canadian, who defended his 170lbs belt on nine consecutive occasions, has been entered into the UFC ‘Hall of Fame’ and is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history.
And the 39-year-old has now picked a total of five fighters for his ‘Mount Rushmore’ of UFC legends, a benchmark for who is the greatest to ever do it, including some familiar modern-day names.
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has gone through his ‘Mount Rushmore’ for legendary fighters
Khabib Nurmagomedov (left) and Conor McGregor (right) make the Canadian’s list of fighters
Speaking on the Complex Sports podcast, St-Pierre started with undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying: ‘If you ask me who was the most dominating champion ever, then it’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, because he was undefeated, he probably never lost a round.’
He then moved on to American Jon Jones, who St-Pierre insisted has ‘faced the most adversity’.
St-Pierre then listed Brazilian Anderson Silva: ‘Who has the most flamboyance? I think Anderson Silva because he had some crazy highlight reels.’
Jon Jones (left) and Anderson Silva (right) also made St-Pierre’s list of most iconic UFC fighters
Then came Irishman Conor McGregor: ‘Who has the biggest draw in terms of who raised the bar in terms of pay-per-views and awareness for the sport? Conor McGregor.’
Finally, he spoke about his inspiration as a child, Royce Gracie: ‘Now I am going to go for my personal one.
‘Who changed the game, who was the first one and did something that had never been done before? I think it’s Royce Gracie.’
St-Pierre said Royce Gracie was an inspiration as a child and someone who ‘changed the game’
Recently, there were rumours of St-Pierre coming out of retirement to face Khabib – and the Canadian did not put that speculation to bed on Michael Bisping’s podcast.
‘Contemplating the idea of fighting against who’s the greatest right now, it’s Khabib, things would need to be lined up right in order for me to consider it,’ he said.
‘I could think about it seriously if the conditions are right in terms of the weight class and all that, but there’s no way I’m gonna go down to 155 now.’
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