Dana White Defends Stephan Bonnar’s HOF Induction

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There have been plenty of fans and media who have been scratching their heads lately with the future induction of Stephan Bonnar into the UFC’s hall of fame. Sure, he competed against Forrest Griffin in an epic bout on The Ultimate Fighter Season one finale and helped put the UFC on the map. Other than that, there was no significant bout or a run at the title that really defines him as a hall of famer. Dana white disagrees. He believe that one fight was all it took for him to join the hall of fame greats.

He talked to yahoo! sports about the reason for putting Bonnar into the Hall of Fame:

“Nobody knows more than me how much that fight meant. For us, that fight meant everything, and I never forget it.”

“I don’t think people realize, really, really realize, what that one fight meant to this sport and this company. I look at it as, I’m inducting Forrest, and Stephan goes with him. It wasn’t just Forrest. Both of those guys took us to this next level. He’s being inducted for that one fight that took this thing to the next level.”

Dana White makes some sense. That fight is historic with the rise of the UFC, but is it really enough for a hall of fame induction? Let me know what you guys think?

 

  • Eric Jochim

    I agree. That fight opened the door for a lot more venues. A legion of new MMA fans were born that night. We should thank them and congratulate Bonnar for his induction.