Since its inception in 2003, the UFC Hall of Fame has not had a physical location for eager fans to admire the inductees' contributions. That is all set to change this year, as the UFC announced a major overhaul of the Hall of Fame, which will include the building of a physical location in Las Vegas.
According to a press release on Tuesday, the UFC plans to divide the Hall of Fame induction process into four categories, and will induct the class of 2015 at a special induction ceremony scheduled for July 11 at the UFC Fan Expo. Those who have been inducted over the past 12 years will be retrospectively added to their rightful categories.
The four new UFC Hall of Fame categories are:
Modern era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut in the modern era
Pioneers era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut in the pioneers era
Contributors wing: commemorating significant contributions outside of active competition
Fight wing: commemorating the greatest and most important bouts in the sport's history
The 2015 Hall of Fame class will include an inductee from each category, although that need not be the case each and every year.
UFC President Dana White said: "The UFC Hall of Fame has an important job - it not only celebrates greatness but it helps pass stories of the greatest athletes and fights in UFC history on to the next generation of fight fans. We're looking forward to announcing the class of 2015 and what is going to be a great induction event on July 11."