Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar will be next members of UFC's Hall of Fame


stephan-bonnar-18.jpgLAS VEGAS – The next members of the UFC’s Hall of Fame put themselves on a path to enshrinement more than eight years ago.

Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, who took part in what is widely regarded as the most important fight in UFC history, as well as one of the best fights in MMA history, will go into the UFC’s Hall of Fame this summer.

UFC President Dana White on Saturday told small group of reporters following the post-event news conference for UFC 160 of the plan to enshrine Griffin and Bonnar at the UFC’s Fan Expo, which takes place ahead of UFC 162 in July.

Griffin and Bonnar were the light-heavyweight finalists on Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” During the live finale, the two engaged in one of the most memorable slugfests in MMA history, with Griffin coming out ahead with a 29-28 unanimous-decision win.

The two forever will be linked to that fight, which, as legend has it, had friends calling other friends telling them to turn the fight on – causing ratings to have a big spike during the fight.

Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) would go on to win the UFC’s light heavyweight title, though he lost it in his first defense.

Bonnar (17-1 MMA, 8-7 UFC) had an up-and-down UFC career, culminating in a fight with Anderson Silva this past October – after which he tested positive for steroids. The loss to Silva snapped a three-fight win streak for the then-resurgent fighter who had lost three in a row.

UFC 162 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, though the UFC Fan Expo takes place at the nearby Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The UFC Hall of Fame’s most recent inductee was Tito Ortiz, who went in during the past year’s fan expo. Along with Ortiz, the UFC’s hall counts Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie as members.

For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Stephan Bonnar)

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