UFC Hall of Fame

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UFC Hall of Fame
UFC Hall of Fame Logo with drop shadow.svg
Established November 21, 2003
Founder Ultimate Fighting Championship
Inductees 15 pioneers
4 modern-era
6 contributors
4 Fights
(30 total inductees)
(3 double inductees)

The UFC Hall of Fame is a hall of fame which honors mixed martial artists and MMA personalities, established and maintained by the U.S.-based mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the UFC Hall of Fame recognizes accomplishments from Pride Fighting Championships, World Extreme Cagefighting and Strikeforce; all of which are former mixed martial arts promotions that have been bought-out by the UFC and its parent corporations.

It was officially established in Las Vegas on November 21, 2003 at UFC 45 with the inaugural inductees being UFC Originals Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.[1]

Inductees[edit]

Pioneer wing[edit]

Name Date of Induction
(event)
UFC recognized accolades
RoyceGracie.png Brazil Royce Gracie November 21, 2003 (UFC 45) UFC 1 Tournament Winner, UFC 2 Tournament Winner and UFC 4 Tournament Winner.
Ken Shamrock marines 2005 crop.jpg United States Ken Shamrock November 21, 2003 (UFC 45) One-time UFC Superfight Champion, two UFC Superfight Championship defenses, UFC 3 Tournament Finalist, one-time Pancrase Openweight Champion, one Pancrase Openweight Championship defense and King of Pancrase Tournament Winner.
Dan Severn 52.jpg United States Dan Severn April 16, 2005 (UFC 52) One-time UFC Superfight Champion, UFC 5 Tournament Winner and Ultimate Ultimate 1995 Tournament Winner.
Randy Couture by Gage Skidmore.jpg United States Randy Couture June 24, 2006 (The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale) Three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, three UFC Heavyweight Championship defenses, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, one-time Interim UFC Light Heavyweight champion and UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Champion.
MarkColeman.png United States Mark Coleman March 1, 2008 (UFC 82) One-time UFC Heavyweight Champion (first Heavyweight Champion in UFC history), UFC 10 Tournament Champion, UFC 11 Tournament Champion and Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals Tournament Champion.
Chuck Liddell cropped.jpg United States Chuck Liddell July 11, 2009 (UFC 100) One-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and four UFC Light Heavyweight Championship defenses.
Matt Hughes.png United States Matt Hughes May 29, 2010 (UFC 114) Two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and seven UFC Welterweight Championship defenses.
Tito Ortiz - November 2014 (cropped).jpg United States Tito Ortiz July 7, 2012 (UFC 148) One-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and five UFC Light Heavyweight Championship defenses.
PatMiletich.png United States Pat Miletich July 5, 2014 (UFC 175) One-time UFC Welterweight Champion (first Welterweight Champion in UFC history), four UFC Welterweight Championship defenses and UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner.
Bas Rutten.jpg Netherlands Bas Rutten July 11, 2015 (UFC 189) One-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, one-time Pancrase Openweight Champion, and two Pancrase Openweight Championship defenses.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira "Minotauro" Paris - 2004.JPG Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira July 10, 2016 (UFC Fan Expo) One-time Pride Heavyweight Champion, one-time Interim Pride Heavyweight Champion and one-time Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Don Frye 1996 ufc10.jpg United States Don Frye July 10, 2016 (UFC Fan Expo) UFC 8 Tournament Winner, UFC 10 Tournament Finalist and UFC Ultimate Ultimate 1996 Tournament Winner.
Maurice Smith 1999.jpg United States Maurice Smith July 6, 2017 (UFC Fan Expo) One-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, one UFC Heavyweight Championship defense, one-time Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship and one Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship defense.
Kazushi Sakuraba 2015.jpg Japan Kazushi Sakuraba July 6, 2017 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2017) UFC Japan Heavyweight Tournament Winner, most submission wins in Pride FC history, competed in longest fight in Pride FC history, and first fighter to defeat Royce Gracie.
Matt Serra 2007.png United States Matt Serra July 5, 2018 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2018) One-time UFC Welterweight Champion, The Ultimate Fighter 4 Welterweight Tournament Winner and first fighter to win both a The Ultimate Fighter Tournament and UFC Championship

Modern-era wing[edit]

Name Date of Induction
(event)
UFC recognized accolades
Forrest Griffin - UFC 100 Fan Expo - Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas.jpg United States Forrest Griffin July 6, 2013 (UFC 162) One-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and The Ultimate Fighter 1: Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner.
US Army 51883 Ultimate Fighting Champion motivates wounded warriors cropped.jpg United States B.J. Penn July 11, 2015 (UFC 189) One-time UFC Welterweight Champion, one-time UFC Lightweight Champion with three UFC Lightweight Championship defenses, and UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament Co-Champion.
Urijah Faber 24 July 2009.jpg United States Urijah Faber July 6, 2017 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2017) One-time WEC Featherweight Champion and five WEC Featherweight Championship defenses. First ever bantamweight inductee.
Ronda Rousey.jpeg United States Ronda Rousey July 5, 2018 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2018) First ever Women's UFC Champion, UFC Bantamweight Champion from 2012-2015. First ever female inductee, second ever bantamweight inductee.

Contributors[edit]

Name Date of Induction
(event)
Contributions
TPAR2009.jpg Charles Lewis Jr.
(Mask)
July 11, 2009 (UFC 100) Founded the first major mixed martial arts clothing line Tapout.
Jeff Blatnick July 11, 2015 (UFC 189) Commentator, UFC commissioner and was instrumental in helping the UFC get regulated by athletic commissions.
Bob Meyrowitz July 10, 2016 (UFC Fan Expo) UFC co-creator and owner from UFC 6 to until it was sold to Zuffa in January 2001.
Joe Silva July 6, 2017 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2017) UFC matchmaker from 1997 to 2016.
Bruce Connal July 5, 2018 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2018) UFC television producer from 1997-2018.
Art Davie - photo credit Art Davie.jpg Art Davie July 5, 2018 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2018) UFC co-creator, co-owner from UFC 1 to UFC 5 and first UFC matchmaker.

Fights[edit]

Fight Date of Induction
(event)
Notes
Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I July 6, 2013 (The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale) Widely regarded as the greatest fight in UFC history. Also marked a turning point for the UFC in which popularity that was once lost started to return and finally marked MMA as a legitimate sport. Forest Griffin def. Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision
Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II July 11, 2015 (UFC 52) For the UFC Welterweight Championship. Matt Hughes def. Frank Trigg by submission in round 1.
Mark Coleman vs. Pete Williams July 10, 2016 (UFC 17) Pete Williams def. Mark Coleman by head-kick KO, the second head-kick KO in UFC history after Gordeau vs Tuli ( UFC 1 ). One of the biggest upsets in early UFC history
Maurício Rua vs. Dan Henderson I[2] July 5, 2018 (UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony) Dan Henderson def. Maurício Rua by unanimous decision

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zuffa Creates "Hall of Fame" with Shamrock, Gracie Charters". Sherdog.com. 2003-11-05. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  2. ^ "The Fight - Henderson vs. Shogun I". UFC. Retrieved 2018-05-14.

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