UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture will be entering a second hall of fame.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum finalized the class of 2014 for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Couture will one of the 14 members going into the hall.
According to the statement, criteria for induction into the hall of fame include substantial impact on professional wrestling, general respect within the profession, and a strong amateur wrestling background. The selection committee includes all living hall of fame members as well as a select group of wrestling historians.
Couture will receive the George Tragos Award, which is rewarded to a competitive wrestler who adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in mixed martial arts. Over the course of his 14-year career, he captured six UFC world championships, set many records and has beaten several foes. The Natural ended his career with a record of 19-11.
The former UFC champion recently starred on the Bellator MMA reality show “Fight Master” as one of the coaches. He is currently being looked at by Spike TV as the host for the show’s second season.
In addition to his success in MMA, Couture was a three-time All-American for Oklahoma State, placing second at the NCAA tournament in 1991 and 1992. He was also a member of four U.S. Greco-Roman World Championships teams.
Couture is not the first MMA fighter to receive this honor. Fellow UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was inducted into the Hall of Fame and received the George Tragos Award in 2013.
The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend will take place July 18-19 in Waterloo, Iowa. Congratulations to The Natural for receiving this high honor.