Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will forever live on in the history of the UFC as the two fighters who went toe-to-toe in the finals of the first Ultimate Fighter finale.
Saturday afternoon before UFC 162, the two went into the UFC’s Hall of Fame together, further cementing their legacy.
UFC president Dana White and executive producer of TUF Craig Piligian inducted the pair, who retired from active competition last year.
“I don’t think people realize what that one fight meant to this sport and this company,” White said. “In the big picture, and the way hall of fames work, it might not make sense to everybody (to induct both), but it makes sense to me.”
White was questioned several times about the inclusion of Bonnar, who has twice failed post-fight drug tests. He continued to re-iterate how important “The American Psycho” was to the company.
Griffin, who won both encounters with Bonnar, went on to become a UFC light heavyweight champion.
“It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” said Griffin, of the UFC, “and I really appreciate all of you being a part of it with me.”