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Tito Ortiz Takes Issue With Stephan Bonnar in the UFC Hall Of Fame


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

UFC Hall of Fame fighter and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, spoke recently to MMA Junkie about his concerns toward the UFC Hall of Fame’s new inductee, Stephan Bonnar.  It was announced last month that Bonnar and Forrest Griffin are to enter the Hall of Fame together at the UFC Fan Expo leading up to UFC 162 on July 6.

Ortiz- who sits among the sport’s elite fighters like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell and several others- remarked that Stephan does not deserve the honor.

“Forrest deserves it.  He beat me, and he beat some other really good guys.  He was a world champion.  He had some great fights.  I think he deserves it.  As far as Stephan, I have nothing against the guy, but you’ve got to be a world champion, I think, to be in the Hall of Fame.”

Even Bonnar seemed shocked at his inclusion, saying earlier this month on AXS TV’s Inside MMA that he “never really expected it… Just what an honor.”

Bonnar is best known for his Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Finale performance opposite Forrest Griffin.  Though Bonnar lost the fight, and the subsequent rematch, the UFC has often touted him and Griffin as the two fighters who helped launch the UFC into the household name it is today.

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0 Comments to Tito Ortiz Takes Issue With Stephan Bonnar in the UFC Hall Of Fame

  1. 757 says:

    Who cares about this goof Tito? what a half ass……cya Tito be gone!!

    • GOT RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Tito was one of the best before you were born

    • 757 is how many weeks you've been alive, eh? says:

      These young guys showing no respect to a fighter who set part of the path for new fighters to follow. Yeah, Tito talks a lot of crap and would probably not be top 10 today, but Tito chose MMA in a time when MMA wasn’t even considered a sport and was outlawed in many states. Hey 757, Tito will be remembered by more far longer than you ever will, you sorry ass.

  2. jhonny blaze says:

    Tito is right.Pretty sure i’ve never said that before.lol

  3. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Tito is definitely one of the pillars on which the UFC gained popularity. Used to be one of my favorites, hell I even picked him when we used to play Ultimate Fighting Championship on the Dreamcast lol. That being said, he does talk to much lately.

  4. TK says:

    Who cares? There is a guy in the HoF that never even fought an mma fight.

  5. Dddddddd says:

    I think Tito deserves the spot for sure but he doesn’t need to funk with Bonnar. I say if Bonnars that bad Tito should have to fight him for the spot. Actually it wouldn’t surprise me if this is a setup for a fight between them?

  6. Vai says:

    How the hell did Bonnar help launch UFC? I think Tito has a valid point. Bonnar didn’t beat anyone or really become a household name drawing the masses to watch UFC like tito, chuck lidell or the gracie’s have done. Who am I, just a fan like many other people voice my humble opinion.

  7. FM101 says:

    Tito was just an employee of the UFC and his opinion on what goes on within the company is irrelevant. Ask Dana what he thinks about your opinion Tito.

  8. Marion says:

    I’m by no means an Ortiz fan but he’s a damn good…no he’s a freak’n great fighter and most of all he’s right!!!

  9. gvd says:

    The majority of MMA fans never got to see Tito in his prime (including me). Everyone forgets he was the best in the world and an absolute beast. Wonder if in 10 years people will be calling Jon Jones a bum (although there are people saying that now).

  10. 757 says:

    Oh no not you again got rid of fitch…First off dick head I have been watching Tito since the early days. I didn’t say he wasn’t any good…I said he is a goof and who cares what he has to say now. He has proven himself to be a big joke with his life outside the cage and inside now. He made his money and now he just can’t let it go. He has had more chances to make money long after he was any good so the UFC did him justice there. Put him in the hall of fame …again who cares…pillar ??? ok with all of his trailer park drama yeah real pillar . GET THE FUCK OUTTA HEERE!!!!Put your hero in the hall of fame….go ahead who cares. He’s as big of a joke as you. Actually Dddddd is the only return coment that makes sense.

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