After weeks of debate and speculation as to which two men were most deserving of the nod into the UFC Hall of Fame during the upcoming UFC Fan Expo, this evening UFC president Dana White brought the uncertainty to an end as he announced that Chuck Liddell and the late Charles “Mask” Lewis were to receive the honors on his Twitter page.
“Hey guys, Chuck Liddell and Charles “Mask” Lewis will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the UFC Fan Expo this Friday at 6:30 pm,” recently tweeted the UFC president.
Liddell and Lewis were both on a short list of candidates for the honors. Other potential inductees that received a great amount of attention and consideration among the MMA massive included Tito Ortiz, Evan Tanner, Don Frye, Frank Shamrock and others.
It’s no mystery as to how Liddell wound up grabbing one of the recently available spots. “The Iceman” fought twenty two bouts in the octagon, became a UFC light heavyweight champion, defended that title a total of four times and became the most iconic and symbolic fighter in the history of the UFC in the process.
Chuck’s trademark mohawk and the UFC brand will forever be synonymous with one another.
Mask may not have been a professional fighter but there have been few men in the history of this earth that have made the impact on the UFC, and MMA as a whole as Mask, his vision, and his infectious clothing label have. Like it or not, the TapouT brand has been a fundamental part of the growth of this wonderful sport we have grown to love.
If Lewis was ever to be honored by being immortalized next to the men he lived to support, now was the time.
Bravo to the UFC for doing the right thing.