Ultimate Fighting Championship’s concept of a Hall of Fame is about to undergo some serious renovations.
Beginning this summer at the 2015 UFC Fan Expo, members of the Las Vegas-based promotion’s next Hall of Fame class will be inducted into one of the following four categories, according to a release:
Modern era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut on or after Nov. 17, 2000
Pioneers era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut before Nov. 17, 2000
Contributors wing: commemorating significant contributions outside of active competition
Fight wing: commemorating the greatest and most important bouts in the sport’s history
The UFC will induct one member into each category at a special induction event on July 11 at the Fan Expo. Meanwhile, the 12 existing Hall of Fame members “will be retrospectively inaugurated into the most fitting of these four categories.”
“The UFC Hall of Fame has an important job -- it not only celebrates greatness but it helps pass stories of the greatest athletes and fights in UFC history on to the next generation of fight fans,” UFC President Dana White said in a release. “We’re looking forward to announcing the class of 2015 and what is going to be a great induction event on July 11.”
Additionally, the promotion has begun preliminary plans to construct a physical location in Las Vegas, although a timetable for such a project is currently unknown.
The current members of the UFC’s Hall of Fame are: Forrest Griffin, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Tito Ortiz, Pat Miletich and Charles “Mask” Lewis.