Dana White Picks His Ultimate UFC Fighter
Dana White created his very own version of Frankenstein's monster when asked to create his perfect MMA fighter.
Following UFC Fight Night in London back in March 2019, the UFC president was instructed by the BBC MMA podcast to pick a specific fighter for each key element in MMA, including brain, chin and heart.
White justified his selection for each and ended up building an unbelievably complete mixed martial artist.
For fists that would cause some serious damage, White had only one man in mind.
"I would take the fists of Chuck Liddell. Chuck Liddell had knockout power in both hands. He never wanted to go to the ground, he just wanted to stand and knock you out."
Switching gears to feet, White decided: "I'll take Mirko Cro Cop's feet. He had a head kick that if he even grazed you, he would knock you out."
Then came his verdict on who has the best chin, with White opting for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones - the man who he has been going back and forth with over a pay dispute of late.
"This is probably going to surprise some people but if I had to pick a chin, I would probably take Jon Jones.
"Jon Jones fought all the best at 205lb, which was the most dangerous weight division in the history of this sport.
"He fought of all the best on the way up and defended his title against the best. He was never rocked or fazed by anyone's punch, kick, knee or anything.
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In terms of brain and having intelligence inside the Octagon, White felt obliged to pick his biggest box office attraction in Conor McGregor, known for his mystic predictions going into bouts.
"I'm going to give the best fight IQ to Conor McGregor.
"McGregor is very, very smart when it comes to fighting - he's very good at breaking down his opponents. He basically tells you how he's going to beat them. Not only does he tell you exactly how he'll beat his opponent, he'll even pick the round sometimes."
To get to the top in UFC you need a lot of heart and passion and White believes nobody exudes that more than former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
"There's obviously a lot of guys and girls who have fought in the UFC who have a tonne of heart, but if I had to pick one guy or girl right off the top of my head, I'd take Frankie Edgar's heart.
"He's been around for a long time. Never, ever has he fought in his own weight class. The kid should have been fighting at a much smaller weight. He was a champion at 155lb, and he's fought the absolute best in the world. I'd take his heart."
And finally, we all know trash-talking and getting under your opponent's skin ahead of a fight is such a key skill in the combat sports work.
As far as White is concerned, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping is the master of that.
"I think would take Michael Bisping's mouth. Michael Bisping talks so much trash. He's very smart, funny, calculated in the things that he says. I'd go with Bisping."
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