The UFC has revealed the two latest guys to be inducted into their oft-neglected Hall of Fame and just as the entire universe expected, it’s Chuck Liddell and Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis:
One was perhaps the greatest light heavyweight of all-time, a feared striker who ruled the 205-pound weight class with an iron right hand and in doing so became mixed martial arts’ first crossover superstar.
The other was his close friend, a visionary who helped create a brand that is now synonymous with the sport, but who did it not with a ruthless business sense, but with an infectious enthusiasm and an attitude that could light up a room.
On Friday, July 10th, the UFC Hall of Fame inducts its two newest members, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and TapouT co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis.
I’d get all hyped but the Hall of Fame exists only as a shitty form page on the UFC website and is generally ignored 365 days of the year (that’s so little attention I had to factor in the occasional leap year day as the only time anyone cares). I suppose 50 years from now after the sport is pried out of the cold dead hands of Dana White and all his enemies (aka a lot of the pioneers of the UFC) are inducted, then perhaps we’ll start to care.