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UFC Hall of Fame 2024: Icons of MMA Honored in Las Vegas

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon29 June 2024

In a night of reverence and celebration, the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony marked a pivotal moment during the 12th Annual International Fight Week at the T-Mobile Arena on June 27, 2024.

PIONEER ERA: Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva, a seasoned veteran with 51 bouts spanning a remarkable 22-year professional MMA career, solidified his legacy with a record of 35-14-1 Draw / 1 NC (27-11-1-1, – UFC / PRIDE). Silva's illustrious career featured victories over UFC Hall of Famers such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Michael Bisping, and Dan Henderson (Fight Wing), showcasing his enduring impact on the sport.

MODERN ERA: Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar, a stalwart of the octagon with 35 fights over 17 years, compiled a commendable record of 23-11-1. His victories included triumphs over UFC Hall of Famers B.J. Penn, Urijah Faber, and Cub Swanson (Fight Wing), highlighting his resilience and skill in the lightweight division.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, a dominant force in women's MMA, amassed a record of 16-5 (10-5 UFC) over her 10-year career. Noteworthy victories over former UFC strawweight champions Carla Esparza and Jessica Andrade underscored her impact, with her historic battle against Zhang Weili at UFC 248 etching her name in UFC lore.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, with 42 fights across 21 years, achieved a record of 27-14-1 (23-13-1 – UFC / PRIDE). His career boasted triumphs over UFC Hall of Famers and former champions like Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, solidifying his status as a true MMA legend.

FIGHT WING: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen I

In a monumental clash, Anderson Silva defended his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen, displaying his prowess with a record-setting performance. Sonnen's relentless offense saw him land a UFC record 320 strikes, but Silva's resilience and skill prevailed, securing his 12th consecutive victory and cementing his place in UFC history.

FORREST GRIFFIN COMMUNITY AWARD: Beneil Dariush

Beneil Dariush received the prestigious Forrest Griffin Community Award, honoring his outstanding contributions beyond the octagon. Known for his philanthropic efforts with organizations like the Shlama Foundation and Promise Child Ministries, Dariush's impact extends far beyond his achievements in MMA. His dedication to charitable work exemplifies the spirit of community that defines the UFC's commitment to making a difference.

In a night filled with emotion and celebration, the UFC's 12th Annual International Fight Week and Hall of Fame induction ceremony paid tribute to these exceptional athletes and their enduring legacies in MMA history.

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