Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame in July

Forest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, the two combatants in one of the most famous fights in UFC history, will take their place in the UFC Hall of Fame in July.

The UFC Hall of Fame will have two more members in a couple of months. At the UFC 160 post-fight press conference, Dana White announced that TUF 1 winner and former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin would be retiring. A few people were alking about whether he was worthy of a hall of fame induction, but that discussion is already moot - White told media after the press conference that Griffin and fellow TUF 1 fighter Stephen Bonnar would enter the HOF in July (via the UFC's twitter):

Griffin (19-7) bows out as a former champion and one of the most popular fighters in the company. He went 10-5 in his 15 UFC fights, won the 205-pound title, won four official fight of the night bonuses and engaged in fight of the year candidates every year from 2005-2008. His final fight was a win over Tito Ortiz at UFC 148.

Bonnar (15-8) didn't have quite the distinguished career that Griffin did, but was still a tough competitor in his run. He went 8-7 in 15 UFC fights, but never really had a signature win in the UFC. His last fight was a loss to Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 153, and he tested positive for steroids after the fight.

Obviously the two men are being inducted largely because of their TUF 1 fight, which helped the UFC blow up in 2005 and cemented their spot on cable TV. Whether the two men (especially Bonnar) deserve an induction is highly debatable, but the UFC's HOF is of their own creation and isn't solely based on merit. Either way, they're in.


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