Tito Ortiz Not Down For Stephan Bonnar’s HOF Induction


Tito Ortiz has accomplished plenty during his career in the UFC. He’s one of the most popular fighters to ever grace the octagon and he’s also a former UFC light heavyweight champion. He was inducted into the UFC’s hall of fame last year in July and he’s not too keen on one of the next inductees that will be joining him in the hall of fame.

Stephan Bonnar doesn’t have the same accolades as many of the fighters that are currently in the HOF and Tito believes that you should be a former champion before you are worthy of a hall of fame induction. He discussed his thoughts with mmajunkie:

“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.”

Stephan Bonnar’s induction is somewhat of a confusing topic. While we understand the role that he played with his bout with Forrest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter season 1 finale. His stint in the UFC wasn’t all that memorable after that. He tested positive for steroids twice in his career.

His last bout was at UFC 153, getting demolished by Anderson Silva in Brazil and tested positive for steroids.

What do you think? Should Bonnar join the likes of Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, and become a hall of famer?




  • Paul Baraz

    In a real world where being a the hall of fame actually meant something then; absolutely not. However in the contrived world ,where a hall of fame gets invented out of thin air & has no real meaning why not. On the other hand, had Stephen listened to his corner & taken Forrest to the ground & ,most likely won the match, sans all the blood, gore & excitement- Well there might not even be a UFC. So for choosing to fight a that he possibly could win,& did not, versus one that he was a clear favorite & likely winner, Well WTF put him in the hall.!
    One further note almost all professional sports hall of fame “games” are extremely political & lacking in integerity so why should any one really care !