UFC president, Dana White has revealed whom he believes are the four greatest fighters to ever step foot inside the Octagon, including pound-for-pound #1, Kamaru Usman, former two-time light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, former two-weight titleholder, Georges St-Pierre, and former middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva.
Speaking with Yahoo Sports! reporter, Kevin Iolethis week ahead of UFC 270, White compared his list of his four greatest fighters to ever feature under the UFC banner, notably leaving out the likes of Amanda Nunes, Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmgomedov, or Demetrious Johnson to name a few.
“We’re very aligned,” Dana White said. “I picked Jon Jones. I picked Kamaru Usman, GSP (Georges St-Pierre), and Anderson Silva.”
For Jones, the former two-time light heavyweight champion has been out of action since February 2020, where he secured a successful title defense against Dominick Reyes in a close unanimous decision win.
The 34-year-old New York-born look-see-do fighter has yet to compete since, amid plans to move to the heavyweight division, and has defeated the likes of Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsosn, Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, and Thiago Santos during his pomp.
For Usman, the reigning welterweight champion was promoted to the #1 spot in the official pound-for-pound rankings back in September, before successfully securing his fifth consecutive successful title defense against two-time foe, Colby Covington back in November.
Undefeated in his 15-fight UFC tenure, Usman, who scooped The Ultimate Fighter 21 crown, is expected to return this summer against past foe, Leon Edwards – whom he has already defeated, as well as the aforenoted, Covington, Jorge Masvidal, Gilbert Burns, Tyron Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos, Demian Maia, and Sean Strickland.
Sao Paulo veteran, Silva parted ways with the UFC following an October 2020 knockout loss to Uriah Hall, but before his recent skid in professional mixed martial arts, the Brazilian lodged a staggering 10 successful middleweight title defenses – as well as holding a UFC title for the longest time in promotional history.
The 46-year-old holds wins over Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, Stephan Bonnar, and Derek Brunson.
A former undisputed middleweight and welterweight champion, St-Pierre, who is widely regarded as arguably the greatest welterweight mixed martial artist of all-time, returned triumphantly following a lengthy hiatus back in 2017 to win the middleweight title against Michael Bisping.
During his second reign as undisputed welterweight best, which latest from 2008 to 2013, St-Pierre defeated Matt Serra, Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, and Johny Hendricks.
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