Honoring UFC Legends In (and Outside) the Octagon

The UFC is synonymous with mixed martial arts. Its Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the warriors who contribute to the sport, both in and outside the Octagon. This exclusive club is the home of legends and helps highlight the crème de la crème of fighters who have not only excelled in the cage but have also significantly contributed to the growth and legacy of the UFC.

As you explore the UFC Hall of Famers, it will become clear that all the inductees here added something to the evolution of MMA. From the Contributor inductees to the latest Modern Era additions, each inductee has a unique story, a saga of triumphs, defeats, and a proven commitment to the sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC Hall of Fame Categories

*This information will be updated as more people are inducted in the future.

We will give you a quick look at the contributions of each Hall of Famer and explain how they have shaped the organization's history that catapulted it into the global phenomenon it is today. From pioneers who laid the foundation to modern-day icons, their legacies live on and continue to inspire.

We answer questions on: how someone attains the prestigious status of a UFC Hall of Famer, what criteria a fighter needs to meet to get their name alongside legends, and more. By the end, you'll have a solid understanding of the essence of each person's contributions and how they achieved Hall of Fame status.

Modern Era Inductees

The Modern Era Wing of the UFC's Hall of Fame was created to celebrate and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport during the era of modern MMA. Acknowledging UFC fighters who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000, this category seeks to pay tribute to those who've shaped the landscape of UFC as we know it today.

Recipient Year of Induction
Joanna Jędrzejczyk 2024
Frankie Edgar 2024
José Aldo 2023
Donald Cerrone 2023
Khabib Nurmagomedov 2022
Daniel Cormier 2022
Georges St-Pierre 2021
Rashad Evans 2019
Michael Bisping 2019
Ronda Rousey 2018
Urijah Faber 2017
BJ Penn 2015
Forrest Griffin 2013

Induction symbolizes a decorated career of remarkable achievements and notable moments, affirming a fighter's impact on the sport. It's a prestigious acknowledgement, declaring an individual's undeniable presence and influence in the realm of modern MMA.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk - Inducted in 2024

Joanna Jędrzejczyk wearing a white t-shirt with black pants, posing against a cream-white backdrop.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2024. Image is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk retired from the UFC in 2022 after amassing an impressive professional MMA record of 16 wins and 5 losses. Joanna currently holds records for the most significant strikes landed in Women's UFC history, the longest winning streak in UFC Strawweight history, and the most title fight wins in UFC strawweight history.

You can see her excitement after the announcement of her induction on this post from her Instagram. Joanna will be inducted at the Hall of Fame at the ceremony in July 2024.

Frankie Edgar - Inducted in 2024

Frankie Edgar, a former Lightweight champion (2010-2012) and resilient contender in multiple divisions, had a remarkable career in the UFC. Edgar's consistency, thrilling performances and achievements like second most fight time in UFC history and second most Fight Night bonuses, shine a spotlight on the impact he had on the organization's history.

José Aldo - Inducted in 2023

As a dynamic Featherweight champion and one of the greatest in his division, José Aldo was awared his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2023. Aldo's dominant reign, striking prowess, and contributions to the sport established his legacy, making him a rightful Hall of Famer and a revered figure in MMA history.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone - Inducted in 2023

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is a beloved veteran and record-holder for the most knockdowns in UFC history. Known for his fearless fighting style, Cerrone's durability, and willingness to face any opponent, plus his undeniable fan appeal all contributed to his official recognition.

Khabib Nurmagomedov - Inducted in 2022

Retired Lightweight UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Retired Lightweight UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Image is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

As one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history, Khabib Nurmagomedov earned his place in the UFC Hall of Fame. Undefeated in his career, the retired lightweight champion showcased unparalleled skills, sportsmanship, and cultural impact, which granted him Hall of Fame status.

Daniel Cormier - Inducted in 2022

During his professional MMA career, two-division champion and consummate ambassador of the sport, Daniel Cormier, was a skilled competitor with unwavering integrity. Cormier's impact extends beyond the Octagon, making him a deserving inductee for his contributions to mixed martial arts as a fighter and role model.

Georges St-Pierre - Inducted in 2021

Georges St-Pierre, a true MMA icon and former two-division champion, was rightfully inducted for his unparalleled skills, sportsmanship, and global appeal. GSP's contributions to the sport transcend championships and enhance his status as a Hall of Famer and a beloved figure in mixed martial arts history.

Rashad Evans - Inducted in 2019

Former Light Heavyweight champion and respected figure in the MMA community, Rashad Evans, earned his spot with a dynamic fighting style, pivotal victories, and impact as a mentor to emerging fighters. All of this contributed to his well-deserved recognition and induction into the Hall of Fame.

Michael Bisping - Inducted in 2019

Michael Bisping was the first British UFC champion and secured his place in the ranks for his remarkable career. Known for his tenacity, Bisping's journey from The Ultimate Fighter winner to Middleweight champion showcased resilience and skill, becoming a fan favorite and earning his well-deserved recognition within the organization.

Ronda Rousey - Inducted in 2018

Ronda Rousey, a trailblazer for women in MMA, was inducted for her transformative impact. As the first Women's Bantamweight champion, Rousey's dominance and charisma helped propel the sport to new heights, making her a pivotal figure in the evolution of mixed martial arts as a whole.

Urijah Faber - Inducted in 2017

Urijah Faber, the "California Kid," earned his Hall of Fame recognition for his influential career. A former WEC champion and fan favorite, Faber's impact extended beyond the Octagon, establishing him as a pioneer in the lighter weight classes and a respected ambassador for the sport.

BJ Penn - Inducted in 2015

BJ Penn, a two-division champion and legendary fighter, was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his impressive skill set, versatility, and tenacity. All of which made him a true icon in the sport.

His enduring legacy as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history is well-deserved.

Forrest Griffin - Inducted in 2013

Former Light Heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin, played a pivotal role in the sport's growth. Known for his iconic battles and awe-inspiring fighting spirit, Griffin's captivating style and impact as a fan-favorite cemented his legacy as a Hall of Famer.

Pioneer Era Inductees

The UFC's Pioneer Era Wing honors those trailblazers who helped build the foundations of UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts. This particular category is reserved for individuals who made their professional debut in the sport before November 17, 2000.

It acknowledges the notable contributions made by fighters during the early development stages of UFC - a tribute to those who worked tirelessly to promote the recognition and advancement of MMA. This acknowledgement speaks to a fighter's groundbreaking impact and pioneering status among the UFC's ranks.

Wanderlei Silva - Inducted in 2024

Even before Wanderlei Silva fought in the UFC, he was an MMA trailblazer. After fighting for PRIDE, Wanderlei joined the UFC in 2007 and faced off against fellow legends Mirko Cro Cop, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Chuck Liddell.

After leaving the UFC in 2013, Silva fought twice in Bellator before retiring.

Anderson Silva - Inducted in 2023

Anderson Silva, a transcendent Middleweight champion, secured his place in the UFC Hall of Fame for his unparalleled achievements. With a record-setting title reign and a dynamic striking style, Silva built his legacy as one of the greatest fighters earning him a well-deserved Hall of Fame induction.

Jens Pulver - Inducted in 2023

Jens Pulver, the inaugural UFC Lightweight champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his trailblazing role in the UFC. As a charismatic fighter with exceptional skills, Pulver's contributions helped establish the Lightweight division's significance. His historic title win and subsequent impact on the sport solidified his well-deserved Hall of Fame status.

Kevin Randleman - Inducted in 2021

Kevin Randleman, a trailblazer in MMA and former UFC Heavyweight champion, was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame. Renowned for his explosive style, Randleman's contributions to the sport and his memorable performances made him a deserving recipient, honoring his lasting impact on the UFC and the world of mixed martial arts.

Rich Franklin - Inducted in 2019

Rich Franklin, a former Middleweight champion and distinguished veteran, earned his spot in the UFC Hall of Fame for his exemplary career. Franklin's resilience and sportsmanship, plus his contributions as a fighter and ambassador made him a respected figure and ultimately, UFC Hall of Famer.

Matt Serra - Inducted in 2018

Matt Serra, a former Welterweight champion and skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, was inducted for his historic achievements. Serra's unforgettable upset victory over Georges St-Pierre and his contributions as a coach and ambassador for the sport made him deserving of the award.

Kazushi Sakuraba - Inducted in 2017

Kazushi Sakuraba, a Japanese MMA pioneer and grappling virtuoso, earned his place among the recipients for a career that's the stuff of legends. Known for his iconic battles in Pride and UFC, Sakuraba's influence reached global proportions, making him a symbol of martial arts excellence.

Maurice Smith - Inducted in 2017

Maurice Smith, a kickboxing superstar turned MMA trailblazer, received the recognition for his transformative impact. Smith's strategic brilliance and striking prowess, exemplified in his iconic victory over Mark Coleman and his contribution to the evolution of mixed martial arts.

Minotauro Nogueira - Inducted in 2016

Minotauro Nogueira, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend and former interim UFC Heavyweight champion, had an illustrious career. Known for his resilience and submission prowess, Nogueira's contributions to the Heavyweight division and memorable victories secured his status as a revered figure in MMA history.

Don Frye - Inducted in 2016

Don Frye, a true MMA pioneer and former UFC Heavyweight tournament champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his impactful contributions. Known for his brawling style and undeniable charisma, Frye was awarded recognition for memorable performances and influence during the sport's formative years.

Bas Rutten - Inducted in 2015

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Bas Rutten.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Bas Rutten. Image is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Bas Rutten is a charismatic and versatile martial artist. He earned his place in the UFC Hall of Fame for his remarkable career. Rutten's reign as the UFC Heavyweight champion, coupled with his entertaining style and technical skill, showcased his impact on the sport and true legend.

Pat Miletich - Inducted in 2014

Pat Miletich, a legendary coach and former UFC Welterweight champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his multifaceted contributions. Renowned for founding Miletich Fighting Systems, his pioneering role in MMA coaching, and capturing the Welterweight title, Miletich had a significant impact on the sport and its athletes.

Tito Ortiz - Inducted in 2012

Tito Ortiz is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and consistent figure in the sport with an impactful career. Ortiz's charismatic persona, multiple title defenses, and pivotal role in popularizing the sport made him a deserving inductee and a symbol of MMA's growth.

Matt Hughes - Inducted in 2010

Matt Hughes, a dominant Welterweight champion and two-time Hall of Famer, earned his place for his exceptional career. Hughes' relentless wrestling, remarkable title reign, and contributions to the sport as both a fighter and ambassador secured his status as a Hall of Famer.

Chuck Liddell - Inducted in 2009

Chuck Liddell, a UFC Light Heavyweight icon and former champion, earned his induction for his explosive fighting style and monumental impact on the sport. Liddell's knockout power, title defenses, and role as a key figure during MMA's rise to prominence established his rightful place among the pioneers.

Mark Coleman - Inducted in 2008

As the first UFC Heavyweight champion Mark Coleman was a pioneer in every sense of the word. was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his undeniable contributions. His powerful wrestling and ferocious ground-and-pound solidified Coleman's impact on the sport's early days.

Randy Couture - Inducted in 2006

UFC Hall of Famer and multi-division champion, Randy Couture, fought with versatility, strategic brilliance, and age-defying performances that left an impact. A pivotal figure in MMA's growth, Couture was rewarded for his legacy as a champion and ambassador of the UFC.

Dan Severn - Inducted in 2005

During his UFC career, Dan Severn was an original UFC fighter and former UFC Superfight and Tournament champion. Severn's wrestling and early success in the UFC solidified his legacy, marking him as one of the sport's foundational figures and deserving of this recognition.

Ken Shamrock - Inducted in 2003

Ken Shamrock, a true MMA pioneer was awarded this recognition for an impactful career. A submission specialist and the UFC's first Superfight champion, Shamrock's contributions during the sport's infancy, coupled with his iconic clashes, secured his legacy and trailblazing status.

Royce Gracie - Inducted in 2003

Revolutionary UFC veteran and BJJ practitioner, Royce Gracie
Royce Gracie revolutionized the sport of MMA with his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Image is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Martial arts pioneer Royce Gracie, revolutionized the sport of MMA. As the winner of UFC 1, Gracie showcased Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's effectiveness and paved the way for MMA's evolution. His contributions remain integral to the UFC's history as an organization.

Contributor Inductees

The Contributor Wing of the UFC's Hall of Fame is dedicated to celebrating those who, while not necessarily fighters themselves, have nonetheless made significant and lasting contributions to the sport of mixed martial arts. This can include promoters, matchmakers, trainers, and other behind-the-scenes individuals who have influenced the growth and development of the UFC.

Recipient Year of Induction
Marc Ratner 2021
Art Davie 2016
Bruce Connal 2018
Joe Silva 2017
Bob Meyrowitz 2016
Jeff Blatnick 2015
Charles “Mask” Lewis 2009

This category underscores the fact that success in the sport relies not solely on the athletes, but also on the efforts of an array of passionate professionals. Induction into this Wing serves as a heartfelt recognition of their unremitting dedication and influence.

Marc Ratner - Inducted in 2021

Marc Ratner is a pivotal figure in combat sports regulation and was inducted for his unparalleled contributions. As UFC's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Ratner played a crucial role in expanding the sport's global reach, establishing regulatory standards, and ensuring the safety and legitimacy of UFC events.

Art Davie - Inducted in 2018

Visionary Entrepreneur and UFC co-founder, Art Davie.
Visionary Entrepreneur, Art Davie. Image is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Art Davie, a visionary entrepreneur, co-founded the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. As one of the UFC's creators, his groundbreaking vision transformed MMA, laying the foundation for the sport's global phenomenon. Davie's pioneering spirit and dedication to MMA innovation earned him this prestigious (and well-deserved) recognition.

Bruce Connal - Inducted Posthumously in 2018

Bruce Connal, an early producer, received a well-deserved place in the UFC Hall of Fame for his exceptional contributions to the promotion. As a key figure in television production, Connal elevated the UFC's presentation, bringing the excitement of mixed martial arts to a broader audience and strengthening the sport's mainstream appeal.

Joe Silva - Inducted in 2017

Renowned matchmaker Joe Silva earned his place in the UFC Hall of Fame for his monumental role in shaping the promotion's fight cards. Silva's keen eye for talent and strategic matchmaking played a pivotal role in creating iconic bouts, which significantly added to the UFC's success and the sport's evolution.

Bob Meyrowitz - Inducted in 2016

Bob Meyrowitz earned his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame for his visionary leadership. As the founder of Semaphore Entertainment Group, Meyrowitz played a transformative role in launching the UFC, by providing a platform that revolutionized mixed martial arts and set the stage for its global success.

Jeff Blatnick - Inducted Posthumously in 2015

Jeff Blatnick is revered as a legendary wrestling commentator and Olympic gold medalist who left a profound impact on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Serving as an integral part of the UFC broadcast team, Blatnick's insightful analysis and passion elevated the viewing experience for MMA enthusiasts worldwide.

Charles “Mask” Lewis - Inducted Posthumously in 2009

The charismatic co-founder of TapouT, Charles "Mask" Lewis, was posthumously inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his instrumental role in promoting the sport. A beloved figure, Lewis' entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to fighters endeared him to the MMA community, making him a fitting recipient of this prestigious honor.

Groundbreaking Historic Fights

The Historic Fights Wing of the UFC's Hall of Fame recognizes a select few unforgettable bouts that have echoed through the history of the organization. These are fights that captivated audiences, rewrote the MMA playbook, or significantly elevated the UFC's profile.

Inducted fights showcase tremendous athleticism, tactical brilliance, unexpected comebacks, or dramatic finishes—forming a combination of factors that made them an integral part of the UFC's history. Celebrating these milestone bouts, the Historic Fights Wing is an official recognition of the moments that left a mark on fans and fighters from across the world.

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2, July 2015 - Inducted in 2023

The second fight between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in July 2015 instantly became a classic in UFC history. This five-round war for the welterweight championship featured powerful exchanges, shifts in momentum, and sheer heart.

In the fifth-round, the fight was won by TKO. The unforgettable battle elevated the careers of both fighters, taking the Welterweight division to the next level, and solidified their bout as one of the greatest title fights in UFC history.

Cub Swanson vs Choi Doo-ho, December 2016 - Inducted in 2022

The December 2016 slugfest between Cub Swanson and Choi Doo-ho at UFC 206 delivered a breathtaking performance that left fans with their jaws on the floor. An electrifying back-and-forth, we recommend you watch the entire fight to see it play out.

This epic encounter resonated within the UFC community, earning "Fight of the Year" honors in numerous outlets for its exhilarating display of skill, resilience, and heart. Swanson vs. Choi has since been immortalized as a defining moment in UFC's rich history.

Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson, September 2013 - Inducted in 2021

The September 2013 showdown between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 was a remarkable clash that remains one of the most iconic clashes UFC history. Watch the entire five-round battle below.

Widely considered one of the greatest UFC fights of all time, this match showcased unparalleled skill, execution, and sheer determination—ultimately serving as a defining moment for the sport and a high-water mark for the division.

Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida June 2009 - Inducted in 2019

The June 2009 Lightweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale provided fans with an unforgettable, action-packed fight. The relentless pace and intense exchanges throughout the contest resulted in a decision worth watching again.

An instant classic, this battle showcased true MMA spirit—courage, heart, and unwavering determination. The Sanchez vs. Guida fight will forever hold a revered place in UFC history.

Dan Henderson vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua I, November 2011 - Inducted in 2018

The war of attrition between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139 was a pivotal encounter in UFC history. This grueling five-round brawl, considered to be one of the greatest fights ever, ended with a narrow unanimous decision victory.

The sheer determination, endurance, and grit displayed by both fighters during this back-and-forth battle set a high benchmark for future bouts, cementing its significance in UFC history.

Pete Williams vs Mark Coleman, May 1998 - Inducted in 2016

In May 1998, Pete Williams versus Mark Coleman at UFC 17 became a seminal moment for the UFC. Coleman was thought to be the more dominant fighter, but was surprisingly defeated by underdog Williams through a knockout via head kick.

At the time, this was an unusual move and ultimately reshaped tactics within the sport. This surprise win using an uncommon technique (for the time) underscored the unpredictability and sheer versatility of mixed martial arts and helped shape the future of MMA fight strategy.

Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2, April 2005 - Inducted in 2015

The April 2005 rematch between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg at UFC 52 is an unforgettable moment in UFC history. After a dramatic first round, Hughes recovered with astonishing determination.

Ultimately, Hughes secured a submission win, which contributed to his two-time Hall of Fame status and place as one of the greatest UFC Welterweights of all time.

Forrest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar I, April 2005 - Inducted in 2014

The April 2005 clash between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale staged an incredible slugfest that changed the trajectory of UFC. Often termed "the fight that saved UFC", Griffin and Bonnar fought a blood-soaked war that was won by unanimous decision after three-rounds.

The fight’s raw intensity and captivating drama put UFC into mainstream consciousness, marking it as a significant turning point that spurred the sport’s exponential growth.

Forrest Griffin Community Award

The Forrest Griffin Community Award is a prestigious accolade given out as part of the UFC's Hall of Fame awards. This honor, named after Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, is given to fighters who consistently give back to their communities and make significant contributions towards causes beyond the octagon.

Recipient Year of Induction
Nogueira Brothers 2023
Giga Chikadze 2022
Max Holloway 2022
Dustin Poririer 2021

Forrest Griffin was well-known for his charity work in addition to his work in the octagon, making the award named in his honor a fitting homage. The recipient of this award represents the positive impact UFC athletes can make in the world and embodies the community spirit of the UFC.

Nogueira Brothers - (Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antônio Rogério Nogueira) - Inducted in 2023

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antônio Rogério Nogueira, both iconic Brazilian fighters, were inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for their collective impact. As former champions and revered figures, the Nogueira Brothers showcased an appreciation for their community by inspiring kids throughout Brazil.

Giga Chikadze - Inducted in 2022

Giga Chikadze currently competes in the UFC’s Featherweight division. Chikadze has gained recognition for his precise striking skills and was inducted into the Hall of Fame after founding The Knockout Cancer Foundation which helps raise money for families in need of financial support.

Max Holloway - Inducted in 2022

Holloway, a former UFC Featherweight Champion, is renowned for his impressive striking and stamina. In addition to his significant contributions to the sport of MMA, his formal induction into the Hall of Fame was awarded for the charity work he does in his local Hawaiian community.

Dustin Poirier - Inducted in 2021

Dustin Poirier is a highly accomplished Lightweight fighter well-known for his aggressive style and impressive endurance. Poirier gained Hall of Fame recognition after founding a non-profit called The Good Fight Foundation, who's mission is to raise money for underserved communities in Louisiana by auctioning his UFC hand wraps, shirts, and trunks as sports memorabilia.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who decides the induction into the UFC Hall of Fame?

The UFC Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee comprised of prominent figures within the organization, including executives, historians, media members, and other stakeholders.

The criteria for selection involve a combination of a fighter's in-cage achievements, impact on the sport, and contributions to the UFC's success.

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What categories exist within the UFC Hall of Fame?

The UFC Hall of Fame encompasses several categories, including Modern Era, Pioneer Era, Contributors, and Fight Wing. The Modern Era category typically includes fighters who competed in the last two decades and achieved significant success.

The Pioneer Era recognizes those who laid the groundwork for the sport, while Contributors involve non-fighters who played pivotal roles in the UFC's growth. The Fight Wing honors classic and historically significant bouts.

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Can fighters who are still active be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame?

Yes, active fighters can be considered for induction into the UFC Hall of Fame. However, this is typically done after a fighter has retired or officially concluded their professional career.

The selection committee evaluates a fighter's entire body of work and impact on the sport before making the decision to induct them.

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What role does fan voting play in the UFC Hall of Fame selection process?

While fan opinions and votes are considered, the UFC Hall of Fame induction is primarily decided by the selection committee.

Fan input may be solicited for certain categories or special inductions, but the final decision rests with the committee's evaluation of a candidate's overall impact on the sport.

Influencing the DNA of Mixed Martial Arts

The UFC Hall of Famers, ranging from retired professional fighters, to early founding members, left a remarkable impact on not only the UFC as an organization, but the sport of mixed martial arts. This isn't just a celebration of victories, but a recognition of the incredible people who embodied the essence of courage, resilience, sportsmanship, and skill.

Each inductee contributed to the growth and global appeal of the UFC. Pioneers blazed the trail in the early days and modern warriors exemplified their unparalleled skill. Every member earned their legacy and iconic status, while influencing the very DNA of mixed martial arts.