UFC’s Hall of Fame is growing, but so is its Hall of Shame…
This weekend UFC featured their annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Some truly great former fighters were inducted, including: Urijah Faber, Maurice Smith, and Kazushi Sakuraba. Longtime match-maker, Joe Silva, was also inducted.
While the UFC’s Hall of Fame continues to grow, so does its unofficial Hall of Shame. There won’t be any ceremony for the fighters listed in this article, but they all have earned their inclusion on the list. Each fighter featured has achieved something uniquely terrible, something no fighter before them had ever achieved.
Let’s start out this Hall of Shame list with a fighter who was actually inducted, and later removed, from UFC’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, this fighter was inducted, only to request that his name be removed from the list during one of his frequent spats with Dana White.
7. Tito Ortiz
(worst 5 year stretch ever)
There is nobody in the history of the UFC who has had a worse 5 year stretch than Tito Ortiz. Things really fell off for Tito after his feud with Ken Shamrock concluded in 2006.
His bad run started when he lost the light heavyweight title to Chuck Liddell. He fought Rashad Evans to a draw in his next bout, but then dropped his next 3. He lost to Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin and Matt Hamill before finally defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 132. Ortiz then lost 3 more in a row before finally retiring from the UFC. He did a little better in Bellator before finally retiring for good earlier this year.
Had Ortiz not pulled out that victory over Ryan Bader, he would have finished his UFC career on a 9-bout winless streak spanning 4.5 years. Going 1W-7L-1D in that stretch isn’t much better of course.