Dana White: Tito Ortiz, BJ Penn Deserve to Be in UFC Hall of Fame

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BuffaloDave
4/25/12 8:16:05PM
The UFC hasn’t set a time or date for its next set of inductions into the company’s Hall of Fame. But when they get around to it, said company president Dana White, two former champions will likely get a call.

During 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 B.J. Penn, belong in the Hall of Fame.

"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."

Penn is one of just two fighters to win titles in multiple weight classes. In 2004, the natural lightweight went up to welterweight and submitted Matt Hughes to claim the crown, ending Hughes’ 13-fight win streak. In 2008, he defeated Joe Stevenson for the vacant UFC lightweight title and held the belt for two years.

"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."



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sparky
4/25/12 9:28:02PM
I completely agree I believe both Tito and BJ are Hall of Fame worthy!
KingCmb
4/25/12 9:31:51PM
This just in from Dana "grass is green and the sky is blue"
Wallass
4/25/12 9:55:04PM
Lol totally agree! Both dominated their divisions in the early Zuffa era!
KungFuMaster
4/25/12 9:59:36PM
I discussed this very topic years ago and Dana is correct. Tito will be in the ufc hall of fame despite his haters which include me. Penn will be in as well. He may not have the quantity of fights under his career but he certainly has the quality of fights. Add that to his championships in two weight classes and it's a no brainer.
TeamDEY
4/25/12 10:04:48PM
Absolutely
prozacnation1978
4/25/12 10:41:21PM
July EXPO perfect time to annouce it
jay98107
4/25/12 11:10:13PM
Gotta agree with Dana here.
jae_1833
4/26/12 1:16:57AM
Good call Uncle Dan.......good call.
prophecy033
4/26/12 1:26:23AM
I couldn't agree more with you guys. Tito should already be in the HOF considering guys like Hughes and Liddell are already in. Tito was dominating before they were and he pretty much keep the boat afloat in the dark ages.
Chael_Sonnen
4/26/12 1:54:11AM
I think Jenna should induct Tito personally.
ghandikush
4/26/12 10:59:03AM
What about frank shamrock ;)
Chael_Sonnen
4/26/12 2:49:58PM

Posted by ghandikush

What about frank shamrock ;)



What about him.....
Pskinner_mma314
4/26/12 2:53:53PM
Completely agree with Uncle Dana on this one.

There is one issue I have. Call me a bitter Pride fanboy if you will....it's ok, after you do that you can kiss the dark part of my ass.

Anyways what happens to all the legends of the Pride glory days that deserve to be in a HOF but since the UFC doesn't give them their credit for their Pride fights they won't make it.

Cro Cop
Wanderlei
Rampage
Nog
Hendo(2 unification title fights)
Shogun

Does anyone realistically think these very deserving fighters will make a "UFC HOF."

I guess this is a situation that calls for a straight up MMA HOF but with one org ruling them all, I don't think these men wil lget the credit they deserve.
KungFuMaster
4/26/12 3:13:39PM
You forgot Fedor.
Pskinner_mma314
4/27/12 12:52:23PM

Posted by KungFuMaster

You forgot Fedor.



I did not forget Fedor. The sole reason i left his name out of this particualr conversation is because he never fought under the UFC banner, all these other fighters did.
sbulldavid
4/27/12 5:23:38PM

Posted by Pskinner_mma314



Cro Cop
Wanderlei
Rampage
Nog
Hendo(2 unification title fights)
Shogun

Does anyone realistically think these very deserving fighters will make a "UFC HOF."




With the exception of Cro Cop I think they will all be in the UFC HOF not based on Cage record but still largely based on name.
ghandikush
4/29/12 10:32:35AM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by ghandikush

What about frank shamrock ;)



What about him.....



One of the greatest of the early days.... 4 title defenses.... beat an early Tito by knockout from guard. Show respect.
Pookie
4/29/12 1:49:52PM

Posted by ghandikush


Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by ghandikush

What about frank shamrock ;)



What about him.....



One of the greatest of the early days.... 4 title defenses.... beat an early Tito by knockout from guard. Show respect.



That definitely wasn't guard.
FlashyG
4/29/12 4:25:37PM

Posted by Pskinner_mma314

Completely agree with Uncle Dana on this one.

There is one issue I have. Call me a bitter Pride fanboy if you will....it's ok, after you do that you can kiss the dark part of my ass.

Anyways what happens to all the legends of the Pride glory days that deserve to be in a HOF but since the UFC doesn't give them their credit for their Pride fights they won't make it.

Cro Cop
Wanderlei
Rampage
Nog
Hendo(2 unification title fights)
Shogun

Does anyone realistically think these very deserving fighters will make a "UFC HOF."

I guess this is a situation that calls for a straight up MMA HOF but with one org ruling them all, I don't think these men wil lget the credit they deserve.





There shouldn't be a "UFC" hall of fame, it should be the MMA Hall of Fame.

Its not like the other major sports have HOF's for specific leagues, they encompass the whole sport, including the female leagues as well.

The UFC brands everything though and probably wouldn't allow any of their fighters to be inducted to an "MMA HOF" that was independently run.
ghandikush
4/30/12 11:03:18AM

Posted by Pookie


Posted by ghandikush


Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by ghandikush

What about frank shamrock ;)



What about him.....



One of the greatest of the early days.... 4 title defenses.... beat an early Tito by knockout from guard. Show respect.



That definitely wasn't guard.



He popped Tito in the ear from guard and took out his equilibrium before the follow up.
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