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UFC president Dana White has announced, via his Twitter, that former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and TapouT founder Charles “Mask” Lewis will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this weekend at the UFC 100 Fan Expo.
Liddell, a native of San Luis, Obispo, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 21-7-0 with victories over notable names including Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva, Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Alistair Overeem, and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
Liddell, known for his trademark mohawk, was the UFC light heavyweight champion from 2005-2007 before PRIDE veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ended his reign of terror. Liddell last fought at UFC 97: Redemption where he lost to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Dana White has been very vocal in the media stating that he hopes Liddell retires following his fourth loss in five fights. With that being said, don’t be surprised to see Liddell make one final octagon appearance.
Joining Liddell in the UFC Hall of Fame will be TapouT founder Charles “Mask” Lewis. Lewis started TapouT in 1997 with Dan “Punkass” Caldwell. Lewis and Caldwell spent many years slugging it in the trenches before becoming a multi-million dollar company.
In the end, the personalities involved with the company were just as strong as the brand itself. Known for upbeat personality, Mask was loved by everyone. Tragically, Mask passed away after being involved in an automobile accident on March 11, 2009.
“Because anybody thinking they can succeed in life on their own is delusional. You have to love people and give back or you don’t go anywhere!” - Charles “Mask” Lewis
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