2005 was a simpler time. A time when Willa Ford wrangled smelly Canadians, 200-pound lightweights and future UFC champions competing in convoluted challenges all in the hope of securing a three-year, six figure contract with the UFC.

With Chris Leben's infamous spritz, so began our love affair with season upon season of shirtless, 'Let me bang, bro,' bros. It wasn't all bad. Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter helped propel the desperate promotion into the American consciousness, undeniably growing the sport in the process.

UFC president Dana White has a soft spot for the first season's cast, so much so that he believes we could see the entire group inducted into the UFC's Hall of Fame.

"I think that's a must," White tells FOX Sports. "I think that entire season should be inducted. Without a doubt that group of people are all game changers."

Former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar were inducted into the hall a year ago in conjunction with the UFC's July Fan Expo, largely due to their heralded bout in the live season finale. "There's never been a more important fight ever in mixed martial arts except maybe UFC 1," White said at the time.

"I've thought about the whole cast should be (in the hall of fame)," says White. "Even the Canadian Jason Thacker -- without the group of people that we had and the way the synergy worked and the way things went down, that season really launched everything."

Star-divide

5 MUST-READ STORIES

Back to 185. Dan Henderson will return to the UFC's middleweight division and hopes to fight again 'by the end of the year.'

Like the odds. Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones and Chris Weidman pick up ESPY nominations.

'What he always does.' Chris Weidman's trainer Ray Longo believes his fighter will 'crush' Lyoto Machida. 'There's a good chance he just dumps him on his head and does what he wants with him.'

Metamoris on Fight Pass. Dana White says the professional grappling promotion is 'absolutely' something that could find its way onto the UFC's streaming service. 'I think people are going to be surprised by the things that are going to pop up on Fight Pass.'

TUF Latin America. Get to know Team Mexico.

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Star-divide

Dana White talks Tyron Woodley stepping in, cutting Brandon Vera, Chael Sonnen at Metamoris and more.

Star-divide

Nick Diaz sounds into fighting Anderson Silva, I think.

(HT @bwellerr)

Star-divide

Chris Weidman on BET, breaks down a fight between Jay-Z and 50 Cent.

Star-divide

A quick look at Anderson Silva's recovery.

Star-divide

After scoring a one-second KO, Mike Garrett gets another quick one.

Star-divide

TTTHS.

Star-divide

Adventures In Ronda Rousey Land.

Star-divide

Long watches.

Joe Rogan Experience #514 - Duke Roufus

...

Star-divide

TWEETS

Star-divide

Unhappy Bigfoot.

Star-divide

Congrats.

Star-divide

Get well soon.

Star-divide

A for effort.

Star-divide

Could be.

Star-divide

Whatever it takes.

Star-divide

Yeesh.

Star-divide

Looking forward to this.

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (June 24 2014)

NA

Star-divide

FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Michael Shulski.

Poll: Capitalism, Socialism and MMA

Pride Fighting Championships was the most capitalistic enterprise mma has ever seen. The International Fight League was conceived in a socialistic structure that may have contributed to its downfall. The UFC is a mostly capitalistic enterprise with various government agencies, mostly state level, setting regulations. This article explores how modern mma promotions have had varying degrees of socialism and capitalism.

Enson Inoue, in a recent Joe Rogan Podcast, explained how Pride FC was free from government regulations. Enson noted that contracts for Pride specified that fighters would not be tested for Performance Enhancing Drugs. Enson even went so far as to say that Pride contracts recommended that fighters take PEDs. Pride also assigned their own judges to fights. The Japanese government interfered very little in the operations of Pride. Still, there were questionable judges' decisions such as Ricco Rodriguez vs. Minotauro Nogueira. There have been rampant internet accusations that fighters in Pride were on steroids. Wanderlei Silva, specifically, is a target. Could a Japanese Athletic Commision 'fix' these problems? Perhaps looking at MMA in America today will reveal an answer.

...

Check out the rest of the post here.

Star-divide

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Morning Report: Dana White doubtful of Georges St-Pierre's return, 'He hasn't been hungry in a long time'

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC president Dana White isn't holding his breath waiting for former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to walk through the door. St-Pierre stepped away from the sport following his controversia read news >>

Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre responds to Dana White's 'hunger' comments, says he's 'thinking about' UFC return

  • 17 days ago
  • 17 views

Last week, UFC president Dana White said he was doubtful former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would make a return to fighting. White said St-Pierre was busy out enjoying his success and tha read news >>

Morning Report: Anthony Johnson believes Anderson Silva's team is to blame for failed drug tests

  • 27 days ago
  • 48 views

After UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones placed the blame on Anderson Silva's failed drug tests on his staff, No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson is following suit. Silva tested positive for steroi read news >>

Morning Report: Ronda Rousey promotes safety and empowerment lobbying for MMA in New York

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

In Albany lobbying to make MMA legal in New York state, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is doing her best to make it to Madison Square Garden. Bills to legalize MMA in the last remaini read news >>

Morning Report: Brock Lesnar and Dana White discuss the former champ's decision to stick with WWE

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Are you sitting down? After years away from the sport making millions of dollars for not being punched in the head, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has once again retired from MMA. Lesna read news >>

Morning Report: Ronda Rousey extends UFC contract but wishes she could box Laila Ali or a world champion

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey won't ever be fighting former pro boxer Laila Ali, but it doesn't mean she isn't interested. Fortunately for Ali, Rousey says she's extended her UFC con read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor ‘slapped Aldo’s back’ on Toronto morning show, now Aldo ‘is crazy’

  • 21 days ago
  • 64 views

UFC President Dana White explained a tense situation that took pace on Friday morning in Toronto. Following eight stops on the UFC 189 World Tour, it is to no one's surprise that Ireland's Conor McGr read news >>

Morning Report: Josh Barnett wants to take 'pr**k' Travis Browne's head off, doesn't believe 'Hapa' will ever be a UFC c

  • 20 days ago
  • 134 views

UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett will grapple Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu May 9 at Metamoris 6 and wants to fight Roy Nelson, but it's his loss to Travis Browne he's most worked up about. A pro since 1997 and read news >>

Morning Report: John Kavanagh says don't be surprised to see Conor McGregor submit Jose Aldo at UFC 189

  • 11 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo hasn't been submitted in a fight since 2005. In fact, he's only been submitted once in his 26 professional bouts. Competing at lightweight, Aldo was caught with a read news >>