Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame this July

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

TUF 1 finalists Forrest Griffin and Stephen Bonnar will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this July at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) together, so it's only suitable they enter the organization's Hall of Fame together.

Shortly after UFC President Dana White and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin announced Griffin's retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference (watch it here) on Saturday night (May 25, 2013), White also revealed Griffin and his longtime partner-in-crime Stephan Bonnar will both be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place on July 4th weekend at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas that coincides with the major UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event that is headlined by an Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman middleweight championship fight.

Griffin and Bonnar, who have both officially retired from the sport in 2013 after long and storied careers, entered the UFC Octagon for the first time together on April 9, 2005 at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in a fight that would determine the first 205-pound winner of the reality show.

What occurred from there was a fight that, to this day, White, the UFC brass and MMA fans worldwide considered one of the most significant in the sport's history.

The two brawlers poured their hearts out for 15 minutes in what at the time was one of the most exciting UFC fights to ever to take place with Griffin emerging the winner in a close decision.

From that night on it was clear both men would be part of the UFC family forever and despite some ups and down along the way they are still here over eight years later.

Griffin and Bonnar will become the tenth and eleventh members of the UFC Hall of Fame, joining Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Charles Lewis and Tito Ortiz.

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