I’ve been on the UFC’s case for its Hall-of-Fame ceremonies for awhile now.
In the past, some of them have been downright embarrassing. Especially when you compare them to the WWE’s.
But in the last few years, significant improvements have been made to where I feel it’s appropriate to give credit where it’s due.
The Hall-of-Fame is no longer a promotional afterthought. More resources have been devoted. The ceremony will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass starting today at 3 p.m. ET and it will essentially wrap up UFC International Fight Week.
The promotional campaign has been strengthened. And the fans have been meaningfully invited to participate and help acknowledge the inductees.
Thought has been put into the various wings of induction, with plans for a physical site to be built in Las Vegas.
The most important improvement is that the ceremony has its own day with its own focus. Which tends to make it more memorable.
UPDATE: Check out this year’s highlights.
There’s still work to do. But today is not the day to harp on that.
Hopefully the improvements help generate some magical moments like those we frequently see from the WWE HOF ceremonies.
It’s not only good for business, it’s just good. Let’s just leave it at that.