Infographic: UFC Hall of Famers -- The Fighters

Jul 21, 2015
They call the Ultimate Fighting Championship pantheon home, an exclusive group of 13 mixed martial artists that have been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame since its inception on Nov. 21, 2003.

From pioneers like Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn to crossover superstars like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, inductees have been chosen on the basis of in-cage excellence and contributions to the greater good of mixed martial arts. The list of enshrined fighters grew by two on July 11, as B.J. Penn and Bas Rutten took their rightful place alongside the sport’s immortals.

Penn remains one of only two fighters ever to capture UFC championships in two divisions, having done so as a welterweight and as a lightweight. The Hawaiian defeated five future, current or former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships titleholders: Matt Hughes (twice), Matt Serra, Sean Sherk, Jens Pulver and Takanori Gomi. Though he closed out his remarkable career in a 1-5-1 tailspin, there is no denying Penn’s place in history.

Rutten, meanwhile, spent much of his career in Pancrase and took home the venerable Japanese organization’s open weight title in 1995. He arrived in the UFC a little more than three years later and claimed heavyweight gold in his second appearance inside the Octagon, defeating Kevin Randleman at UFC 20 on May 7, 1999. The Dutchman fought just once more, as injuries curtailed his career. Rutten went undefeated (21-0-1) over his final 22 outings and remains an MMA fixture as a commentator for AXS-TV.

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