Dana White | Tito Ortiz and BJ Penn Belong in the UFC Hall of Fame | UFC NEWS

April 26, 2012 4:20 pm by Lynn R Mitchell

The next induction to the UFC hall of fame we will “likey” see two of the most prolific UFC champions.  SB Nation reports a lunch gathering at The Palm restaurant, White said two fighters coming close to the end of the line, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and Multi-Weight Class champ BJ Penn belong in the Hall of Fame.

Tito Ortiz who held the light heavyweight title from 2000-03 Tito has had rivalries with two UFC  Hall of Fame inductees and champions in their own right.  First with Ken Shamrock, then with UFC poster boy Chuck Lidell.  UFC President Dana White has also had problems with Tito and even went as far as challenging Tito to a televised boxing match which never happen.

“Despite my personal problems with Tito, he belongs in,” said White. “He was the champion when we first bought this thing. The fact that Tito is still here, Tito and I have had our moments, but it doesn’t change what he did for the company.”

Tito Ortiz:

  • UFC
    • UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
    • Knockout of the Night
    • Submission of the Night
    • Fight of the Night
    • Most fights in UFC history (26)
    • Most successful Light Heavyweight title defenses in UFC history (Five)
    • Most consecutive Light Heavyweight title defenses in UFC history (Five)
    • Tied Matt Hughes for third most consecutive title defenses in UFC history (Five)
  • Wrestling Observer

    • 2002 Feud of the Year vs Ken Shamrock
    • 2006 Fued of the Year vs Ken Shamrock
  • Black Belt Mag
    • 2001 NHB Co-Competitor of the Year along with Chuck Liddell
  • Fighting Spirit Mag
    • 2006 Fight of The Year (vs Forrest Griffin, UFC 59)
    • 2006 Golden Gloves
  • Sherdog

    • 2011 Upset of the Year (vs. Ryan Bader, UFC 132)
  • ADCC
    • 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship 99 kg Bronze
    • 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Absolute – 4th Place

Amateur Wrestling

  • California Community College Athletic Association
    • CCCAA State Champion (1995, 1996)
    • CCCAA All American (1995, 1996)
    • CCAA All-State Selection (1995, 1996)
  • California Interscholastic Federation
    • CIF All-State Selection (1993)

BJ Penn holds the distinction of being one of only a very few fighters who have never been submitted, never been knocked out and never been knocked down with more than 10 years history in the UFC.  He once gave up 50 pounds in a fight against future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.  Penn is one of just two fighters to win titles in multiple weight classes with the first being  UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.

“Definitely,” White said when asked if Penn belongs in the Hall. “The thing about B.J. Penn is that what he brought to the lightweight division, there was a point in time when we first bought this company when people thought guys in the lighter weight divisions couldn’t be stars and couldn’t see pay-per-views and couldn’t cross over. B.J. Penn was definitely that first crossover guy for us.”

Mixed Martial Arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Lightweight Champion (One time)
    • UFC Welterweight Champion (One time)
    • Submission of the Night (Two times)
    • Fight of the Night (One time)
    • Knockout of the Night(One time)
    • Most successful Lightweight title defenses (three)
    • Most consecutive Lightweight title defenses (three)
    • Most Lightweight wins in UFC history (10)
    • First and only UFC Champion to challenge another UFC Champion for a chance at holding two belts simultaneously in two different divisions.
    • Only man in UFC history to face seven different UFC Champions.
    • One of only two man in UFC history to win UFC championship titles in two different weight categories.
  • Rumble on the Rock
    • Lightweight Championship
  • Sherdog
    • 2008 Beatdown of the Year
    • Bleacher Report
      • 2000′s Lightweight of the Decade
      • Greatest Lightweight of All Time

Jiu Jitsu career highlights

  • May 1997 – Enters first tournament inBakersfield,CAand wins both his weight and the open weight class.
  • June 1997 – Enters the Joe Moreira tournament as a blue belt winning his weight class.
  • June 1997 – Wins submission grappling tournament
  • 1997 – Receives blue belt from Ralph Gracie
  • 1997 – Enters Brasileiro and places 4th in his weight class, blue belt category
  • 1997 – Continues to enter tournaments upon return fromBrazilplacing first consistently
  • 1998 – Silver medal at Brazilian Mundials competition in his weight division; receives purple belt upon return
  • 1999 – Bronze medal at Brazilian Mundials in heavier weight class as a newly promoted Nova Uniao brown belt.
  • 1999 – Gold medal, Copa Pacifica Tournament inLos Angeles,CA
  • 1999 – Receives Black belt from Andre Pederneiras just 3 weeks before the 2000 Mundials
  • 1999 – Joins Nova Uniao Competition Team (reserved for the four top team competitors)
  • 2000 – First non-Brazilian to win gold medal in black belt division of the Mundial World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Grappling credentials

  • CBJJ World Championships
    • 2000 – Black Belt Pena:1st Place
    • 1999 – Brown Belt Leve:3rd Place
    • 1998 – Blue Belt Pena:2nd Place
    • CBJJ Brazilian Team Championships
    • 2000 – Marrom Preta Leve: Nova União,1st Place
  • Misc.
    • Grapplers Quest Lightweight Championship Super fight winner
    • 1997 Joe Moreira tournament – blue belt, 1st place.
    • 1999 Copa Pacific tournament – Gold medal.
    • Black belt awarded by Andre Pederneiras

No date and time has been set for the next UFC Hall of Fame induction but the fans are definitely looking forward to seeing Tito Ortiz and BJ Penn in the UFC Hall of Fame.

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