The UFC announced this morning that they will be inducting the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The event will take place during the UFC Fan Expo in the fifth annual UFC International Fight Week.
There are four categories the inductees fit into. First, The Pioneer Era, for fighters who began their career in the UFC prior to Nov. 17, 2000, are at least 35 years old and have been retired for a year or more. There is also The Modern Era wing for fighters who turned pro after Nov. 17, 2000.
There's also the Contributor's Wing, which is for recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to mixed martial arts and the UFC outside of the cage. Lastly, there's the Fight Wing, which is aimed at giving historic fights the recognition they deserve. These fights have to have happened at least five years prior to their induction.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will act as an epilogue to a busy week for the UFC and its fans. The night before will feature the historic UFC 200 where rivals Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will finally square off in a rematch to decide the true UFC light heavyweight champion.
Fans who are already attending the UFC Fan Expo can attended the induction ceremony for free. For those who wish to attended the ceremony, ticket packages are available online. Those unable to attend the event will be able to catch it on-demand through UFC Fight Pass.
It's expected that the class of 2016 will be announced in the coming weeks. The ceremony will take place on the main stage theater of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and start at 12 p.m. PT.
Previous inductees include such names as Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.