Posted by AchillesHeel
Lyoto Machida is only 31, and Shogun Rua turns only 28 next week.
Not that I totally disagree with your list, but GSP is only 28 as well. Added to which I would discount Rua for the sole fact that he hasn't fought much in the UFC.
Of the ones mentioned in this thread, these are definite NOs IMO (as a general comment, I think if you've been caught with banned substances, I think you're out)
Forrest Griffin - other than being the first TUF winner and a one time champion, what has he done? And before someone lectures me about the Grifin-Bonnar fight, I don't buy the hype. TUF brought the UFC's popularity up, not Forrest Griffin. Also, Diego was also a TUF 1 winner and a much more dominant fighter on the show than Forrest. Not saying Diego should be in, but I'm just saying that being a TUF winner should not be considered for a HoF entry.
Quinton Jackson - more suitable champions that are currently not in, hasn't been much of a champion
Frank Mir - more suitable champions that are currently not in
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria - Not many fights in the UFC. Only one time champion
Shogun - not enough UFC fights and no title
Jens Pulver - more suitable champions that are currently not in
Tim Sylvia - Had spotty career in UFC.
Brock Lesnar - not enough fights and there is no assurances that he will be fighting again
Tanner - The guy had a great run in the UFC, but only one belt. Post humous sympathy may get him a spot though. However, I feel there are a number of other candidates that should come before him.
Henderson - Spotty showing in UFC, no championships, few UFC fights
Wanderlei Silva - Horrible record in UFC and even possibly a losing record, few fights
Matt Serra - Unless there is an award for running into a spinning backfist from the same guy twice, uh no, not even close.
Sean Sherk - UFC record is not that great, not many titles.
Evans - time will tell.
Guys that are on the cusp
Pat Militech - had a good run in the UFC, spotty elsewhere, but this is the UFC HoF not MMA HoF. He should be considered in the next couple years.
BJ Penn - Other's have better records, but BJ has pretty much only fought the best (like Randy has).
Franklin - depends on how he finishes his career. His record is decent, but in terms of titles, he is pretty much the same as Jens IMO
GSP - The guy still has a bright future in the UFC. Saying GSP should be in the HoF is like saying we should put Crosby or Ovechkin in the hockey HoF. Just too early, but it will come barring a disaster.
Machida - needs more title def.
Vitor Belfort - will depend on next few years and how he does in UFC. His banned substance issue is a blemish, but it didn't happen in the UFC, so It's debatable.
Arlovski - similar boat as Pat Miletich, but lower on the ladder. He may get a spot for the most diverse set of hair styles, each with their own ego, on a fighter.
The ones that are common names on this thread and not mentioned above are the definite no brainers for the next 2-3 years, depending on the number they induct each year. Add BJM and Bruce Buffer to the list of no brainers.
I think some people are missing the fact that his is the UFC HoF, not MMA HoF