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UFC plans call for one Hall of Fame inductee per year

The UFC’s process for electing fighters to its Hall of Fame is one that has largely been a mystery. However, during a special public Q&A session at the Sports USA Bar in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, UFC President Dana White offered a small glimpse into the company’s procedure for enshrining fighters.

White described an informal balloting process that includes discussions involving him, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva. He added that ideally, the promotion would like to add one member per year and that a decision regarding this year’s inductee could be decided soon.

To date, just five fighters have been inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame, with UFC 1 winner Royce Gracie, the promotion’s first-ever Superfight champion Ken Shamrock, UFC 5 winner Dan Severn, five-time UFC champion Randy Couture, and last year’s inductee, former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman.

While White declined to name candidates for this year’s induction, top fighters currently not in the UFC Hall of Fame include Pat Miletich, Frank Shamrock, Oleg Taktarov, Don Frye, Bas Rutten, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Vitor Belfort, and Evan Tanner.

  • ken says:

    I don’t understand how guys tht are still fighting under the UFC banner can be inducted…..shouldnt a fighter be retired first?

  • Eric says:

    Inducting Evan Tanner would be classy, in my opinion. Tanner was never on the level of the other Hall Of Famers, but his popularity and comeback make him one of the most beloved (and tragic) stories in MMA.

  • CaesarSulla says:

    It should be Evan Tanner hands down!

  • Joey says:

    They’ll put Evan Tanner in there this year to commemorate him.

  • islandguy says:

    Evan was a good fighter but not a hall-of-fame caliber… i’d be surprised. But who knows.. if Brock Lesnar gets a title shot on a 1-1 record…

  • MadCityChad says:

    It has to be Tanner. Most of the other guys are still fighting. Tanner’s the perfect pick.

  • MadCityChad says:

    Hall of Fame isn’t all about records… Miletich, Frye, and Rutten would already be in if that was the case. It’s about one’s legacy. Tanner is the perfect choice. His story inspires so many.

  • MadCityChad says:

    I do have to say my first thought was Pat Miletich though. Hughes and Liddell will have their time… Good nominees in about 10 years

  • Hawkins says:

    Hughes or Liddell…none of the others are worthy except Miletich as a “contributor”

  • BigDave says:

    I think it would be a very fitting choice to put Evan Tanner in the hall postumously . He was a very good fighter and had a long career that was unfortunatly cut short due to his untimely death. Yes the are better fighters that could be selected but i think Evan did the industry alot of good and for that he would be my pick.

  • Islandguyisadouche says:

    How can you even complain about Brock getting a title shot when he won? Just cause you think he wasn’t ready doesn’t make it right. Dana and Joe Silva saw something and thought it would be a great fight, well they were right and Brock even won.
    I thought these kind of snyde remarks would stop after Brock wrecked the Natural, but I forgot how ignorant people can be on the internet.

  • Brandon says:

    Evan Tanner was a nice guy and all but how does he make the Hall of Fame?

    He was famous for being a drifter and a weirdo not for being a good fighter. I’m more impressed with Kevin Randleman coming back from that nasty Staph wound then Evan coming back. Heck wasn’t one of the fighters on the UFC fight night shot down in Iraq and came back alive, that’s a nice story as well….

    Hughes / Liddell makes the most sense.. heck Maurice Smith wouldn’t even be that horrible of a choice. Tito is also a good choice..

  • Tom says:

    If not chuck Liddell then Tito Ortiz should be the next into the hall of fame but that might never happen because dana is a bitch! Tito was champ for 6 years and already should be in the hall of fame

  • Tony Fennen says:

    I dont think you should be in a hall of fame until well after your fight career is over.
    My pick would be….. Tito Ortiz (his career is just about over)

  • dpk says:

    I think it would be Miletich as a fighter and a trainer, Don Frye (even though he is pissed at UFC right now), or Maurice Smith would be a good idea. Guys should be retired (at least from UFC) before they are inducted.

  • Stan the Caddy says:

    Dana White will have to be either done with the UFC or dead for Tito Ortiz to stand any chance whatsoever of getting into the UFC’s hall of fame(unless of course he re-signs with them and it’ll make Zuffa $$).

  • Patrick says:

    Tanner was 9-6 in the UFC, and lost the title in his first defense. His legacy is his life, not his UFC career. He wasn’t a great champion, or one of the guys that helped build the UFC. Bas has 2 fights then vacates the title. Maybe Taktarov for what he did in the beginning, but todays Affliction shirt wearing crowd doesn’t have a clue who he is. Militech 8-2, with a tournament win, title and 4 defenses. I could see him as a hall of famer. All these guys are MMA Hall of Famers, but not UFC Hall of Famers. All the best choices are still fighting.

  • Scuba steve says:

    Are you all new to the sport or something. Don frye was a bigger part of ufc history and a better fighter then tanner ever was.

  • tyler says:

    How the hell can you name the fighters you have as potential candidates and not mention Tito Ortiz his resume is better than everyone who could be considered other than maybe Matt Hughes and possibly Chuck. Bas Rutten had 2 fights in the UFC how could he get into their hall of fame it’s not an MMA hall of fame it’s the UFC hall of fame.

  • dpk says:

    Tito will get in a few years from now, but I’m not convinced that he has had his last run in UFC (I know, everyone but Severn has fought or is scheduled to fight after they were inducted, but that isn’t how it should be). Plus, UFC isn’t going to praise Tito and give him big ceremony, and then watch him sign with Affliction or Strikeforce.

  • paddiosf says:

    I think the HOF should be for retired fighters like most sports organizations, Evan Tanner should go in with out a doubt..

  • P.O'd says:

    Tanner was a world middleweight champ at one point. He really should be in the UFC HoF, but somehow I doubt he will be properly respected or recognized for his contributions to UFC.

    Why ? Because to Tanner it wasn’t all about the money or ego. Somehow I don’t think White or the others comprehend this. If UFC is to ever be more than just a way for douchebags to make money, it needs to start behaving like a legit sport.

  • Imbecile says:

    Personally, I think it should be Miletich or Bas Rutten. But that might be tough since both of them have worked, or are working for competing organizations. But with the IFL gone, maybe that clears the way. But Bas still works for HDNet, and doesn’t Miletich have significant involvement with WAMMA?

    Also, something to consider would be that since Zuffa bought Pride, I think Pride fighters should be considered. In fact, I think Coleman’s accomplishments in the UFC weren’t nearly as significant as they were in Pride.

    So with that in mind, here is another consideration – Kazushi Sakuraba.

  • Chad says:

    There is nobody that has done more for the MMA world than Pat Miletich. He deserves to go both as a fighter and a trainer. Hands down he is the best choice. Of course UFC is not even allowed to say his name because of their differences. If the Zuffa bros and Dana are truly fans like they say they are then they would do the right thing by us and put in the deserving people that have built the foundation of this sport.

  • steve says:

    Evan Tanner definately.

    also, they shouldnt induct fighters that are still actively fighting.

  • matthew says:

    Pat Miletich and Frank Shamrock definitely need to be there.Both have made tremendous contributions to the UFC and MMA and should be recognized for it. .

    And Evan Tanner should be an honorary member. For his contribution to life and his association with the UFC. It would be a nice way for them to tell the story of a great man for years to come.

    And how the hell Bas’ name gets a mention i’ll never know. If he gets a mention because he IS a character, then Evan is a sure bet BECAUSE OF his character.


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