By Marcus Pordoy @MMAnalysisRoom on March 27, 2014
The UFC Hall of Fame has been heavily criticised for only including fighters that are notably in the Dana White's 'good books', and shunning those fighters who helped build the sport. This list include five fighters who are also going to be entered in to the UFC Hall of Fame who will most likely be retired by the end of this year.
Fight-wise, Chael Sonnen may not have the entry requirements for the Hall of Fame. He has had three UFC title shots and lost all of them, and has been dominated by several fighters. While his fighting techniques are not on par with the rest of the fighters on this list, his contribution to MMA has been enormous, drawing in huge crowds with his gift of the gab.
One of the most naturally talented fighters in the world, gifted with heavy limbs and an iron chin, Rua never quite had the success many thought he would have. Being a destructive force in Pride, Shogun has gone 6-7 in the UFC, winning and losing the UFC championship. The warrior has suffered too many beatings and surgeries to mount a serious run at a title, and his body may force him to retire early this year.
Frank Mir played host to one of the biggest fights in UFC history where he was brutalised by the juggernaut that is Brock Lesnar. Mir was a promising heavyweight champion, but has shown no will to fight in his last four outings. I hope Mir keeps his health as he would make a fantastic commentator or coach.
Though Hendo is coming off a recent victory over Rua, the near-finishes in the first couple of rounds show that he's clearly lost a couple of steps, and that his time in the sport is rapidly nearing its end. Does he have one more championship run in him?
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