Following an article today by Brent Brookhouse about Dana White's refusal to admit Frank Shamrock into the UFC Hall of Fame (HOF) I would like to start a BE Community Hall of Fame also known as the BECMMAHOF. Catchy right? This will be a hall of fame for the whole of MMA not just the UFC. There will be some basic rules that will determine who cannot be in this hall of fame. Firstly you must have been an actual MMA fighter (so no additions like Charles Lewis) and you must have had retired from MMA for at least one year (sorry Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn). We should note that all those in the UFC HOF (except those who do not satisfy these criteria) will pass immediately into the BECMMAHOF.
So who are the inaugural members of the BECMMAHOF?
- Royce Gracie - UFC 1, 2 and 4 tournament winner, member of the UFC HOF
- Mark Coleman - UFC 10 and 11 tournament winner, father of ground and pound, member of the UFC HOF
- Randy Couture - 3 time UFC HW champion, 2 time UFC LHW champion, member of the UFC HOF and destroyer of James Toney
- Chuck Lidell - UFC LHW champion with 4 title defences and the record for most knockouts, member of the UFC HOF.
- Bas Rutten - Former UFC HW champion (retired due to injuries so was unable to defend), King of Pancrase, only one unavenged loss in his entire career (to Ken Shamrock).
- Frank Shamrock - Former UFC MW (now LHW) champion with 4 title defences, King of Pancrase interim title, WEC LHW champion and Strikeforce MW champion. Retired after making Tito Ortiz submit to strikes due to a lack of competition in the division. Later returned to fight for other organisations before once again retiring.
- Pat Miletich - The first UFC WW champion and trainer of at least 11 MMA world champions.
Soon to be members of the HOF (those who are guaranteed a place once they retire):
- Ken Shamrock: First UFC superfight champion (eventually the HW championship), winner of King of Pancrase, member of the UFC HOF. Whilst he hasn't fought since November 2010 he hasn't yet retired so fails on the second of our criteria for now.
- Dan Severn - UFC superfight champion and member of the UFC HOF. Severn is not retired and had his most recent fight in April of 2012. Once he is retired for a year he will be added.
- Matt Hughes - Two-time UFC Welterweight Champion with 7 title defences, member of the UFC HOF.
- Tito Ortiz - Former UFC LHW Champion with 5 title defences and soon to be UFC HOF member.
- Anderson Silva - Current UFC MW champion with a record-breaking 14 consecutive wins and 9 title defences and current No 1 pound for pound fighter in the world. At 37 years old Anderson Silva is likely soon to retirement and once that happens his place in the HOF is secure.
- Georges St-Pierre - Two time (and current) WW champion with 6 consecutive defences. Whilst he's much earlier in his career GSP has already earned himself a place in the HOF and will be a welcome addition once he retires.
- BJ Penn - Former UFC LW and WW champion with 3 successful defences. BJ Penn was incredibly close to qualifying for the HOF as it is 8 months since his retirement after his loss against Nick Diaz, however he now has a fight booked against Rory Macdonald.
- Jens Pulver - FIrst UFC Lightweight champion with 2 successful title defences. One of the earliest pioneers of the LW division and one of only two men to defeat BJ Penn at LW (Frankie Edgar is the other).
- Fedor Emelianenko - Widely considered the greatest HW and greatest fighter ever. Enough said.
- Kazushi Sakuraba - One of the early greats of MMA, dubbed as the Gracie hunter for beating almost every Gracie he ever faced and is the only person to have ever subbed a Gracie (Renzo) in pro-MMA competition. Well known for his 90 minute match against Royce Gracie that he won after Royce's corner threw in the towel after the 6th round.
- Mirko (Cro Cop) Filipovic - Right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetry. That sums up why Cro Cop deserves to be in the HOF. One of the greats of Pride FC and well known for winning the 2006 Pride Open weight championships. He is currently retired and if he stays this way on October 29th 2012 he will pass into the HOF.
There are also a number of fighters who are close to achieving HOF status and will have likely done enough by the time they have retired:
- Dan Henderson - Veteran who now has a second chance to win a UFC title after holding both the MW and WW titles in Pride.
- Jose Aldo - Current UFC/WEC FW champion with 5 title defences under the Zuffa umbrella. At 25 has the potential to improve even further and be one of the best fighters of all time.
- Jon Jones - Current LHW champion with 3 title defences.
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Former UFC Interim HW champion and Pride Champion.
- Wanderlei Silva - Former Pride MW champion and wields destruction by foot stomp.
Lastly here are those who may or may not have done enough to enter the HOF by the time they retire
- Junior dos Santos
- Cain Velasquez
- Dominick Cruz
- Urijah Faber
- Mauricio Rua
- Rich Franklin
- Brock Lesnar
- Hector Lombard
- Gilbert Melendez
- Eddie Alvarez
- Pat Curran
So what do you think of my choices for the BEMMAHOF? Is there anybody that I've missed out and have I been too ambitious with my picks, so anybody who doesn't deserve to be in it? Please comment and thanks for reading.