UFC legend Anderson Silva snubs Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey as he names his MMA Mount Rushmore – but includes Khabib

ANDERSON SILVA has snubbed Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey from his UFC Mt Rushmore.

The legendary Brazilian fighter named the four most influential people in the history of mixed martial arts.

But Silva omitted former two weight world champion McGregor from his list of the best of the best.

The 46 year old Brazilian, who holds the record for longest title reign in UFC history also left out women's fighting pioneer Rousey.

However Silva did include McGregor's long time rival Khabib Nurmagomedov along with BJ Penn, Royce Gracie and his mentor Antonio 'Big Nog' Rodrigo Nogueira.

McGregor last year named Silva as the top fighter in his greatest of all time rankings, placing himself in second.


The Dubliner wrote: "Clarity on Silva’s earlier no.1 spot. Most stylistic finishes on resume.

"Front kicks to face. Up elbow (albeit outside UFC) Thai plum knees leading to broken facial bones.

"Long list of jaw dropping finishes. Myself/Anderson have the most exciting/important finishes in the sport!"

Talks of a potential super-fight between the two UFC stars intensified after Silva put the challenge to McGregor to meet him in the Octagon.

Silva said he had 'huge admiration' for McGregor and called for the UFC to put together a showpiece fight between them.


He said: “I have a huge admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe this superfight would be something historic for the sport, neither of us has anything else to prove.

“I believe UFC and MMA fans would like to watch this great martial spectacle, testing my martial skills against him would be fantastic.”

McGregor 'accepted' the challenge from Silva but the fight never came to happen with the Irish star going on to fight Dustin Poirier for a third time instead.

But Silva claims the UFC pulled the plug on the contest despite both parties agreeing to face each other.

Silva told Combate.com: "UFC owes me a super fight by contract. Conor McGregor called me out right after my fight with Israel Adesanya.

"Our team talked to his team and we agreed upon a bout at 170 pounds, but something happened and UFC decided to not make it."

“At this point of my career and for all my legacy it doesn't make any sense to face new talents that are entering the game now."

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