UFC 148: Tito Ortiz To Be Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame Before Event

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his UFC 148 bout with Forrest…

By: Nate Wilcox | 11 years ago
UFC 148: Tito Ortiz To Be Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame Before Event
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Former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his UFC 148 bout with Forrest Griffin on July 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada according to a report by MMA Weekly. Damon Martin spoke to UFC president Dana White after today’s UFC 150 press conference. Here’s what Dana had to say about Tito and the HoF:

White spoke to MMAWeekly.com about Ortiz’s contributions to the sport, and how he was really the face of the UFC in the darkest days when finding fans to watch was still a tough proposition.

“He pound for pound was doing some of the most damage at a time when we were hurting,” said White. “But it’s part of our history the way the storylines played out between me, Chuck and Tito. He’s definitely a part of the history of the sport.”

Other inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame include: Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes and the late TapouT founder Charles “Mask” Lewis.

One notable exclusion is former UFC Middleweight champ Frank Shamrock.

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Nate Wilcox
Nate Wilcox

Nate Wilcox is the founding editor of BloodyElbow.com. As such he has hired every editor and writer to work for the site. Wilcox’s writing for BE is known for its emphasis on MMA history, the evolution of fighting techniques and strong opinions. Wilcox developed the SBN MMA consensus rankings which were featured in USA Today from 2009 to 2011. Before founding BE, Wilcox was a political operative working for such figures as Senators John Kerry and Mark Warner and an early political blogger. He is the co-author of Netroots Rising, a history of the political blogosphere from 2003 to 2007. Wilcox also hosts the Let It Roll podcast on music history for the Pantheon Podcast Network.

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