White defends Bonnar's inclusion in Hall of Fame


Last month the UFC announced that Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this weekend's UFC Fan Expo. Forrest Griffin, by most accounts, seemed a no-brainer, but some fans and media questioned Bonnar's inclusion. Today at a press event for UFC 163, Dana White defended his decision:

"I was going to kick him off the show. I was going to kick him off – and I didn't. Imagine if I had kicked Stephan Bonnar off the show that day, and him and Forrest never happened. I don't think people realize, really, really realize, what that one fight meant to this sport and this company. I look at it as, I'm inducting Forrest, and Stephan goes with him. It wasn't just Forrest. Both of those guys took us to this next level. He's being inducted for that one fight that took this thing to the next level."

Guys don't get inducted into other Halls of Fame based upon one good night. 

But Dana White never operated by anyone else's rules. And without him, MMA likely wouldn't exist today, let alone the UFC. 

So, in the strict standard, Bonnar doesn't belong in. He's a drug cheat and he has zero significant wins.

But it was his ability on that one given night that helped save the sport. And while everyone else is willing to look past that one night, White is not. 

"Nobody knows more than me how much that fight meant," White said. "For us, that fight meant everything, and I never forget it."

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paluka site profile image  

7/3/13 5:21 AM by paluka


Rickson's Aura site profile image  

7/2/13 10:50 PM by Rickson's Aura

What did Dan Severn and Mark Coleman do under the Zuffa banner? Apparently pissing hot and never beating a noteworthy opponent gets you in the UFC hall of fame.

Bellator Fan site profile image  

7/2/13 10:02 PM by Bellator Fan

UFC HOF is nothing more than Dana's personal man cave.

UGCTT_NKTKDace site profile image  

7/2/13 9:56 PM by UGCTT_NKTKDace

Not too mention wouldn't you be embarrassed that a sloppy, bar room brawl between lower tier fighters "saved" you??Sounds like there are some bigger problems elsewhere.

12SixElbow site profile image  

7/2/13 9:55 PM by 12SixElbow

UFC HOF = A thank you club.  

UGCTT_NKTKDace site profile image  

7/2/13 9:52 PM by UGCTT_NKTKDace

They really need to call it the zuffa hof.Still confuses me how this dude has any say what so ever about who is in. It's obviously not meant to be taken seriously

smoogy site profile image  

7/2/13 6:30 PM by smoogy

The actual main event of the TUF 1 Finale (and the fight that got all the attention in TV ads) was Ken Shamrock vs. Rich Franklin. Rich won the MW title in his next fight. Bonnar beat him into the hall despite having no titles and being on an active steroid suspension from Nevada. Whether you want to entertain Dana's cherry-picking rationale for Bonnar's inclusion or not, at least acknowledge that it's absurd for him to be inducted now when there are literally over a dozen more deserving candidates who they could select instead.

attjack site profile image  

7/2/13 6:17 PM by attjack

Seems pretty simple to me. The fight was what was significant so it's the fight that should be inducted into the HOF.

jpm995 site profile image  

7/2/13 6:01 PM by jpm995

I think too much is made of this fight. Look at the buy rates for early ufcs, they were great. what made mma sucessfull was the built up demand for the product. White and company were at the right place at the right time and had the political clout to give the people what they wanted.

smoogy site profile image  

7/2/13 5:24 PM by smoogy

Why would you bother arguing with Cindy? She's just going to parrot whatever Dana's talking points on the matter are, punctuated by a "LOL!" every now and then. We're talking about a hall of fame that ostensibly is about enshrining the best or most important fighters in UFC history, and she chooses to ignore that Shamrock was a UFC Champ and established the most important/profitable division in MMA (LHW) in favor of petty bullshit like claiming he's not a "team player" and is "owed" nothing. If Frank decided to kiss the ring and Dana made up with him, Cindy would be claiming she liked him all along.