So, which UFC fighters are future hall of famers? Currently, there are 5 hall of famers which include: Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie, and Ken Shamrock. So as you pan through current UFC fighters which guys are hall of fame calibur. Let me tell you…
1. Chuck Liddell – Despite his recent struggles in the octagon, Liddell is the face of the UFC. Not only that he has faired well in his career. He was a very feared fighter and a dominant champion. He boasts some big wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Babalu, Wanderlei Silva, and Randy Couture. This is a no-brainer. This is what baseball fans would call a first ballot hall of famer.
2. Matt Hughes- Hughes is called the most dominant welterweight champion of all time. He was dominant, and he may not be totally done yet. He has coaches TUF two times. He has been a force in the divison for years and held the belt it seems like forever. Another first ballot guy.
3. Tito Ortiz – Let me begin by saying I despise Tito Ortiz. I do not like him Sam I am. However, no one can deny his dominance for a time. I think he is done now, but he defended his belt a record number of times. I don’t know if he will ever make it to the UFC Hall of Fame, but he should based on his in the octagon performance and popularity. He lifted the sport when it was struggling. He should be in, but like Pete Rose there are all sorts of other factors.
4. Rich Franklin – The second best middleweight in the world. People forget how good he is because of his losses to Anderson Silva. He has been dominant otherwise. He has a phenomenal record, he has been champ, he is incredibly popular, and he keeps getting better. I love Rich Franklin and think he is surely hall of fame worthy no doubt.
5. B.J. Penn – B.J. is really a prodigy. He has been welterweight and lightweight champion. He may be both at the same time come January. He has cleaned out the lightweights and has fought the best welterweights. He is one of the most popular fighters in the world and he is growing in talent and popularity. He may not be a hall of famer today, but one more big win and he is a lock.
6. Anderson Silva – He may be the most dominant fighter ever. He is the pound for pound best in the world. He has changed the sport. He is all around talented. He can beat anyone and the scray thing is I don’t know if he will ever lose. He is in.
7. Georges St. Pierre– He is not in yet, but he will be. He has some work to do. He has to keep the belt for a while to be hall of fame in my book. He has hall of fame talent though. He has the popualrity. I have no doubts that by the time all is said and done St. Pierre will be a UFC Hall of famer.
8. Forrest Griffin – Overrated? I think so. Popular? Undeniable. Hard working? No one works harder. The reason I would give Forrest the nod is what he did in the Ultimate Fighter. He is one of the most popular UFC fighters, but mainly because he is considered the savior of the UFC. Dana White has said that the Griffin-Bonnar fight saved the UFC. Now he is a champ and is getting quite the resume with wins over Shogun and Rampage. He is still growing too as a fighter. He will be a hall of famer.
9. Evan Tanner– With his recent death I began to think about his hall of fame potential. His popularity was huge. However, Tanner had a lot of baggage outside the octagon which may have caused him to not reach his full potential in the octagon. I think he could be a hall of famer. In his prime he was beating a lot of guys. He is a former champ, which is a must. He very well could be a hall of famer if people can look past his struggles.
10. Tim Sylvia – I know, I know another guy I don’t like. Tim is very polarizing. He doesn’t have the popularity for some reason, but he was good in the UFC. He beat tons of guys. He held the title a couple times. He could be, but may not be because he is not in the best standing in the UFC now that he left for Affliction.
Other Candidates: Andrei Arlovski, Quinton Jackson, Frank Mir
Note: Many of the current UFC guys who were stars in PRIDE were left out such as Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Shogun Rua, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Who did I leave out? Weigh in below in the comments section.
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