Forrest Griffin (pictured) and Stephan Bonnar entered the Octagon together, so it was only fitting they stepped into the UFC Hall of Fame hand in hand. On Saturday during the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, the veterans became the latest members to join the UFC’s exclusive club.
Griffin and Bonnar etched their names in MMA lore with their watershed scrap in “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ finals back in April of 2005. Although Bonnar lost a controversial unanimous decision that historic night, UFC brass also rewarded “The American Psycho” with a six-figure contract for his relentless efforts in the epic battle.
While their inclusion in the UFC Hall of Fame is being met with some resistance, it is Bonnar’s induction that is taking the brunt of the criticism.
Bonnar leaves the game with a 15-8 professional record. He went just 8-7 in the big leagues. He retired in October after getting trounced by Anderson Silva at UFC 153.
Bonnar subsequently tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone. It was the second time he flunked a drug test under the UFC’s watch. Bonnar had Boldenone in his system following his unanimous decision defeat to Griffin in a rematch at UFC 62.
Griffin, who retired in May, completed his 12-year professional run with a 19-7 record. The peak of his career came in 2008 when he upset Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 86 to capture the light heavyweight crown.
Griffin was last seen beating Tito Ortiz at UFC 147. It was revealed shortly after the unanimous decision victory that Griffin was medically prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy for the bout.
Griffin and Bonnar are joining the likes of Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles Lewis Jr., Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz as members of the UFC Hall of Fame.