Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame: The First Class

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Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame: The First Class

The Hall of Fame. Every sport has one. Why should our favorite sport be any different? I know the UFC has one in place, but the sport is bigger than the UFC. There are many fighters who fought in other organizations, who are just as deserving of being in the pantheon of greatness as anyone in the UFC.

Being that many fighters continue to fight long past their shelf date, I feel the criterion of being retired is outdated. Instead, induction should be limited to those fighters who were dominant and/or changed the sport. An active contending fighter will not be listed unless they have truly transcended the sport, i.e. Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko. Anderson Silva will ultimately make the cut, as will Georges St. Pierre, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, B.J. Penn, and Dan Henderson.

There are several fighters I considered including, such as Rickson Gracie, but unless someone comes up with proof he really is 400-0, which has been disputed by his own father, I have to chalk it up to bulshido.

Three names I will leave off the list may shock some: Evan Tanner, Jeremy Horn, and David “Tank” Abbott. I feel Tanner represents the Hall of Very Good. His death, while untimely and tragic, has many people believing he deserves consideration as an all time great. I disagree. Horn is in the same boat: A good fighter who never took that next step to greatness. Tank, was very popular and very dangerous, but his 10-14 record combined with losses to all top competition he faced knock him out as well.

If I left anyone off this list or if there are listed individuals that should not be on it, please comment.

So invoking the spirits of Canton and Cooperstown I present in order of precedence the first class of MMA Hall of Fame inductees.

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