Stephan Bonnar calls out Tito Ortiz over HoF snub

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar fight at the close of the first season on TUF is widely considered to be the most important bout in the modern era of the UFC. However, retired former UFC lightheavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was publicly critical of the UFC’s decision to induct Bonnar into the UFC Hall of Fame along with Griffin.

“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,” said Ortiz. “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.”

“Are you going to call out Tito,” the also retired Stephan Bonnar was asked.

“I’m going to call it how it is,” replied Bonnar. “I’m going to help him out. We all know Tito is broke. We all know Jenna took his money. His punishment clothing, the only people I see wearing that are homeless people. His management company ***laughs*** he’s not banking any money there. So I’m going to help the poor guy get paid.”