ByAmy Kaplan, writer at Creators.co
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This story created a heated debate amongst the people in the office, and OF COURSE there are fighters we had to leave off this list, so please don't yell at me.

I chose who I personally felt deserved a place in the UFC Hall of Fame and here's why.

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Anderson Silva

I mean, c'mon. Of course Anderson Silva would top the list. He is my GOAT, and pretty sure most of you will agree with me. Silva has a 33-8 record and let's face it that last loss was a throw away and I don't count it. He also has an insane amount of fight night bonuses including four Fight of the Night bonuses, seven Knockout of the Night bonuses and two submission of the night bonuses. Silva started training at just 14 years old and made it all the way to become the middleweight champion and held that title for a record of 10 successful title defenses. He has an incredible 22 wins by KO.

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Dan Henderson

Hendo! Dan Henderson is one of those guys that everyone has heard of, he's just that cool. He has two Performance of the Night bonuses, three Fight of the Night bonuses and one Knockout of the Night bonus. At 45 years old he is still knocking people out. Henderson is 9-8 in the UFC, 13-5 in PRIDE and 3-1 in Strikeforce and has fought 11 current or former UFC champions. He is the only man to knock out Renzo Gracie.

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Robbie Lawler

I feel like if I didn't put Robbie Lawler on this list he might steal my soul. So it's a good thing he deserves to be on here! Lawler is the current Welterweight champion and is slaying his opponents left and right. He has four Fight of the Night bonuses and one Knockout of the Night bonus. I personally witnessed the bloodbath between he and Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 and that performance alone deserves a hall of fame spot. 19 of his 25 wins in the UFC came by way of knockout and he has won eight of his last nine and five in a row.

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Conor McGregor

McGregor's mouth will for sure take him to the hall of fame, luckily his hands have proven he deserves to be there. He's the current featherweight champion and has been making waves going up in weight to face Rafael dos Anjos (even though the fight never happened) and to 170 for fights with Nate Diaz. He has a whopping five Performance of the Night bonuses, one Fight of the Night bonus and one Knockout of the Night bonus. He's easily one of the most controversial talked about fighters both for his quick rise to the belt, his 14 second knockout of previously undefeated Jose Aldo, and his antics outside of the octagon.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Champion as she likes to be called is a shoe in. She's still very young but has already made an impact on the the women's strawweight division. She's currently undefeated and there are no signs of that changing anytime soon. When she beat Carla Esparza to become strawweight champion she becaome UFC’s first champion from Poland and only its third European champion. She has an impressive pre MMA career as a five-time IFMA Muay Thai amateur world champion and a four-time IFMA Muay Thai European champion. She has one Performance of the Night bonuses and two Fight of the Night bonuses.

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Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping's rise to his current UFC middleweight champion status is what dreams are made of. He has a record of 30-7 and two Performance of the Night bonuses and four Fight of the Night bonuses. He holds the record for most significant strikes and is tied with Georges St-Pierre for most UFC wins. He was a former Cage Rage Champion, Cage Warriors Champion, FX3 Champion, TUF 3 Champion and was a coach on TUF 9 and TUF 14. He only one of eight TUF winners to win all their fights on the show (plus the final) by KO, TKO, or submission.

Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo went undefeated for 10 years before losing to current champion, McGregor. That alone buys him a ticket to the UFC Hall of Fame in my eyes. He has three Fight of the Night bonuses and three Knockout of the Night bonuses. He is regarded as one of the best fighters to come out of Brazil and defended his belt seven times since 2011. He was on a 15 fight win streak before losing to McGregor.

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Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman is another shoe in for me. He's great both on the ground and on the feet and went undefeated before his loss to Luke Rockhold. He raked up a Performance of the Night bonus, two Fight of the Night bonuses, two Knockout of the Night bonuses and one Submission of the Night bonus and is currently 13-1. He's still young and has a lot more time to increase his chances at a UFC Hall of Fame bid.

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Demetrious Johnson

I love this guy, his fights are so much fun to watch. He has two Performance of the Night bonuses, two Fight of the Night bonuses, one Knockout of the Night bonus and a Submission of the Night bonus. He's on a roll going 10 wins in a row. He's the current and first flyweight champion in UFC history and has successfully defended the belt eight times.

Who do you think I missed? Tell me who and why in the comments below.