Tito: UFC Hall of Fame induction should be by fan vote


The UFC Hall of Fame currently honors just nine individuals from the 20 year history of the league:
1. Royce Gracie inducted November 21, 2003    
2. Ken Shamrock inducted November 21, 2003 
3. Dan Severn inducted April 16, 2005   
4. Randy Couture inducted June 24, 2006
5. Mark Coleman inducted March 1, 2008
6. Chuck Liddell inducted July 11, 2009  
7. Charles Lewis Jr inducted July 11, 2009   
8. Matt Hughes inducted May 29, 2010   
9. Tito Ortiz inducted July 7, 2012

In May UFC president Dana White announced that two more fighters would be added, at the UFC Fan Expo preceeding UFC 162 this Summer.

It is widely regarded that the most important fight in the sport's history, and one of the very best, was The Ultimate Fighter 1 finals, between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, on 9 April 2005. Griffin took the unaninous decision, but the performance by both fighters was so extraordinary, that the future of the show - the UFC's last ditch, double down bet on mixed martial arts - was assured.

Griffin went on to win the UFC light heavyweight championship. Bonnar went 8-5 over the next seven years, including losses to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.

The bond between the two is such that in 2012 Bonnar named his first born son "Griffin."

However, the summer induction was not without controversy, with many fans saying there were more deserving options. Now UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz says Griffin deserves to be in, Bonnar he is not so sure about, and that the fans should decide who is in.

Ortiz's reservations about Bonnar

"Forrest deserves it," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com. "He beat me, and he beat some other really good guys. He was a world champion. He had some great fights. I think he deserves it.

"As far as Stephan, I have nothing against the guy, but you've got to be a world champion, I think, to be in the Hall of Fame."

"That's a big honor to be in the Hall of Fame. It means you had a significance in the sport at one time or another. You look at that, and the Forrest and Stephan fight was a big step for the UFC, so do they deserve it? Possibly. But can one fight get you in the Hall of Fame? I don't know. I guess that's Dana's decision."

Ortiz later indicated an alternate to White decision making.

"I think it should be a fan vote," said Ortiz. "That's what it should really come down to. The fans should consider how much they've known the person, how much they've watched them fight and so forth and just how much the fighter had significance in the sport in general. I think that's the answer."

Late in the week Griffin said he would consider a comeback. Now Tito too said the same, and wants it to be Griffin. The pair fought three times, with Griffin winning the final two. The clash was Tito's retirment fight, but when it was over, Griffin grabbed the mic and spoke to the crowd, earning Tito's continuing ire.

"Forrest, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, for sure," said Ortiz. "I had my bad blood against him in our last fight against each other, but he was on testosterone, and there's a big difference there. He wasn't in his right mind, of course, and he reacted the way he thought he should react at the time. I know he was apologetic because of it, but of course I'm still pissed about it.

"If I did come back for one fight, I think that would be the fight I would come back for. That's just the competitive side of me. I feel like I built my whole life on respect, but the way he disrespected me after my last fight, I was just kind of taken aback by it, like, 'Why is this guy doing this right now?'"

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tags: Tito Ortiz (detail)  UFC Hall of Fame   Dana White   Forrest Griffin (detail)  


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WickedWyatt234 site profile image  

6/25/13 5:14 PM by WickedWyatt234

Piss off

epwar site profile image  

6/25/13 11:16 AM by epwar

It is going to be hilarious when Zuffa puts Chael Sonnen in their hall of fame.

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6/25/13 3:40 AM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

They've got the media doing their rankings, media should do the HOF too.

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6/24/13 4:46 PM by The Cats Masher

The fact that he and Miletich aren't in the hall of fame does my head in....:|

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6/24/13 4:12 PM by mma_all_day

This is the first smart thing Tito has ever said

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6/24/13 4:01 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

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6/24/13 3:30 PM by MattyECB

The problem is you need a, "popularity contest," that reflects the, "at-the-time," MMA scene. People nowadays have very little idea who the shit Frank Shamrock was, what Nog or CC looked like in the glory days and so on and so forthThe other issue is you can't always capture a fighter's influence with simply their popularity. Easy example again would be Frank, and just the general team behind Lion's Den, ppl now would think Ken Shamrock's record looked like crap, not realizing the insane contributions he had to early MMAI feel the same applies to legacies like Saku and what it truly meant to be a Gracie hunter.Or Bas Rutten and how insane it was for him to figure out a way to make palm strikes devastating -- I mean how many people now know what the fuck pancration was lol Or Militech... If you can have Mask in the fucking HoF or Bonnar, the implications are that you aren't only looking at a fighter's success in the ring, but what they did for the sport and MMA scene as awhole... That's something that is very difficult to capture -- particularly with rando fans

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6/24/13 9:10 AM by countsavage

All this talk about Tito the guy who I really want to see in the HOF is Marco Ruas.

3 Sided Square site profile image  

6/24/13 8:51 AM by 3 Sided Square

Letting the fans vote turned out so well for UFC 124's Fight of the Night bonus.

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6/24/13 8:40 AM by greenman417

no sport lets fan vote hall mlb lets fans vote for all star team and it is a cluster fuck of undeserving popular people having bad years but get more votes than guys having huge years