What constitutes as a hall of famer? Is it how many championships they have won? Is it their record? Is it how long they actively have been competing? Do the fans have a say in who should be inducted?
Whatever the case, UFC President Dana White has been defending his decision in bringing Stephan Bonnar (15-8) to the UFC Hall of Fame, along with former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (19-7), at the UFC Fan Expo, July 6.
Many critics and fans have voiced their opposition of White inducting Bonnar into the hall of fame for a number of reasons. Some feel that champions like Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) and Pat Miletich (29-7-2) should be inducted. Others pointed to Bonnar’s fight record and drug abuse as a reason to keep him out of the hall.
That doesn’t mean Shamrock or Miletich don’t deserve a spot. Their accolades alone make them worthy of the hall of fame, but with Griffin retiring and getting a hall of fame slot, it’s appropriate that Bonnar be inducted along with him.
White’s reasoning for inducting Bonnar to the hall of fame: his war with Griffin in the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” There have been a number of times where White has said the fight changed the sport of MMA and helped the UFC become the success that it is today. Bonnar may not have the gold or success that Griffin has accumulated in the octagon, but his fight with Griffin is enough of a contribution to the UFC to land him an induction.
Bonnar has given the better part of his years to MMA and for him, being in the hall of fame will be the biggest honor of his career.
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