UFC Hall of Fame
UFC Hall of Fame
UFC Hall of Fame: Don Frye
Don Frye will take his rightful place in the UFC Hall of Fame. The 2016 Induction Ceremony will stream LIVE on FIGHT PASS on July 10 but, before then, relive the greatest moments from “Big Nog’s” legendary career.
UFC Hall of Fame: Minotauro Nogueira
Minotauro Nogueira – the only heavyweight to win world titles in both the UFC and PRIDE FC organizations – will take his rightful place in the Pioneers Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. The 2016 Induction Ceremony will stream LIVE on FIGHT PASS on July 10 but, before then, relive the greatest moments from “Big Nog’s” legendary career.
UFC Hall of Fame: BJ Penn
The UFC Hall of Fame welcomes one of the greatest of all time: former UFC welterweight and lightweight king BJ Penn. Outrageously gifted, teak tough and freakishly flexible, Penn spent most of his career fighting – and beating – much bigger men, even ending Matt Hughes’ reign as UFC welterweight king. But it was when “the Prodigy” dropped down to lightweight where Penn produced some of the greatest performances not only of his career, but in the history of the 155lbs weight class.
UFC Hall of Fame: Bas Rutten
Sebastiaan “Bas” Rutten is a true MMA pioneer. A kickboxer who was recruited to compete in the original Pancrase event in September 1993, the Dutchman not only became perhaps the biggest star in Pancrase history – winning the King of Pancrase title on several occasions – but also capped off his career by switching to the Octagon and winning the UFC heavyweight title. Here are his biggest wins in Pancrase, his two UFC bouts, and his retirement fight in the WFA.
UFC Hall of Fame: Pat Miletich
Pat Miletich is a genuine MMA original, dominating the embryonic US MMA scene in the mid 1990s before getting called up to compete in the four-man, one night UFC 16 welterweight tournament in March 1998. Miletich won that and returned at UFC 17.5 to annex the inaugural UFC welterweight championship, too. Four successful defenses followed, until mounting injuries got the better of him in May 2001. In addition to his own career, he has trained dozens of elite fighters including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Tim Sylvia and Robbie Lawler. He retired with a 29-7-2 record and as one of only five men to ever hold both a UFC tournament and a UFC world title.
UFC Hall of Fame: Forrest Griffin
With his a self-effacing attitude and quirky sense of humor, former Georgia cop Forrest Griffin was an unlikely MMA superstar but, unquestionably, an all-time great. His amazing victory over Stephan Bonnar in the very first Ultimate Fighter finale is widely credited with establishing MMA as a mainstream sport. Griffin also defeated fellow Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz 2-1 in a their epic trilogy, bested the likes of Chael Sonnen, Jeff Monson and Rich Franklin, crushed “Shogun” Rua when the Brazilian was considered the best fighter in the world and, ultimately, annexed the UFC light heavyweight title by outlasting Rampage Jackson. Griffin retired in 2013 with a 19-7 pro record.
UFC Hall of Fame: Tito Ortiz
Brash, in-your-face and with a confidence that he could conquer the world, Tito Ortiz was the face of the UFC in the early 2000s. An outstanding wrestler with powerful hands, Ortiz’s challenge to Frank Shamrock for the 205lbs belt was perhaps the best fight of the late 1990s. He won the title in his next fight vs Wanderlei Silva and went on a reign of terror that lasted three-and-a-half years. He defeated men like Ken Shamrock (three times), Forrest Griffin (twice), Vitor Belfort, Patrick Cote and Ryan Bader during his 15-year run in the UFC. Ortiz’s record for the most title defenses of the 205lbs belt and three-year plus reign stood for years, and the memory of the era of the Huntington Beach Bad Boy will last forever.
UFC Hall of Fame: Matt Hughes
Two UFC welterweight title reigns, seven successful title defenses and victories over a who’s who of two different eras of MMA made Matt Hughes a shoo-in Hall of Famer. The teak-tough wrestler from Hillsboro, Illinois, defeated Carlos Newton to annex the UFC 170lbs for the first time and was still a factor in the division at the time of his final bout a decade later. In between, he defeated the likes of Sean Sherk, Fra