Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 11 July 2009

Chuck Liddell enters UFC Hall of Fame

Yesterday, UFC legend Chuck Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame by Dana White, the day before UFC 100 is set to rock the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Liddell was a pioneer in the mixed martial arts sport, and paved the way for some of today's stars who are now watched around the world by millions. In the induction video on UFC.com, Dana White introduces Chuck by telling us about how they spent many days on the road together helping to promote the UFC and what a great tribute he has been to the company and sport.

Chuck Liddell was not only great at helping to promote the sport outside of the octagon, but the excitement and entertainment he brought inside the cage is what really helped the sport grow. Classic battles with Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture amongst many others only increased his popularity where he is seen as an icon today, and being a member of the Hall of Fame is the least this guy deserves.

A former Light-Heavyweight champion, Chuck's final few matches in the UFC brought a sad ending to his career, losing 4 of his last 5, with the last a first round knockout to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, it seems Dana White made the decision to retire Chuck Liddell for his own safety and reputation.

Also entered into the Hall of Fame, was Charles "Mask" Lewis, the co-founder of Tapout clothing, who was lost in a car crash in March earlier this year. Dana pays tribute to him on UFC.com.

The UFC Hall of Fame opened in November 2003, for UFC45, where Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock became the first inductees. Since then, Dan Severn, Randy Couture and Mark Coleman have also been introduced.

The historic UFC 100 starts at 3am GMT, and is live on Sky Channel 433 and UFC.com, free for UK viewers, which includes Michael Bisping going against Dan Henderson, plus Brock Lesnar defending his UFC Heavyweight title against Frank Mir in the main event.

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