Dana White confirmed via his Twitter that former UFC champion Chuck Liddell and founder of Tapout Clothing, Charles "Mask" Lewis, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Their induction is part of the UFC Fan Expo, a fan event that is part of the celebration for UFC 100.
He has been a source of discussion of late, because after two losses, White said Liddell was retired. Liddell said he wasn't sure what to do, and would fight, at the earliest, in 2010. This induction into the Hall of Fame may be a nudge from White towards retirement, though other Couture and Mark Coleman, both Hall-of-Famers, are still fighting.who died tragically in a car accident in March, founded a clothing company, Tapout, that sponsored and outfitted fighters from day one. He grew Tapout into a multimillion-dollar business, and along the way picked up the Tapout crew, ubiquitous on the fight scene. Many fighters would not have been able to continue to train full time without Tapout's financial help.
The three men of Tapout -- "Mask," "Skyskrape" and "Punkass" -- spent the past few years driving around the country in search of the next great fighter, and documented it on a reality show on Versus. Lewis's work on the fight scene was cut short by his death, but his impact on MMA in general and the UFC in particular goes without question.
Liddell and Lewis will join Couture and Coleman, as well as MMA pioneers Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn as members of the UFC Hall of Fame.
- Randy Couture