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Two inductees to be named to UFC Hall of Fame on July 10

The sixth and seventh members of the UFC Hall of Fame will be named the day before UFC 100 at the UFC Fan Expo on July 10 in Las Vegas.

The induction will take place immediately following UFC president Dana White's keynote address scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. local time at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center

The two recognized will join Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn and Mark Coleman.

The UFC Hall of Fame began during the organization's tenth anniversary event at UFC 45 in November 2003. Gracie and Shamrock, the biggest stars out of the original UFCs, were the first two inductees.

Next came Dan Severn during UFC 52 "Couture vs. Liddell 2" in April 2005 and Randy Couture during "The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale" on Spike TV on June 24, 2006.

The most recent induction was Mark Coleman, who was honored at UFC 82 on March 1, 2008, when the former heavyweight champ announced his return to the Octagon against Brock Lesnar. Coleman would later withdraw due to a knee injury.

MMAFighting.com looks at possible inductees:

Chuck Liddell, who is still contemplating retirement despite already being "retired" by the UFC president, is a shoe-in for the award and it's not whether or not he'll be honored but when the UFC wants to honor him.

Matt Hughes is another fighter you can count on to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. He's the most dominant welterweight in the UFC not named Georges St-Pierre. Hughes's next fight against Matt Serra could possibly be his last. Hughes has talked about retiring if he become's someone else's highlight reel -- he's fallen victim to it in his last two fights -- and wants to spend time raising his children.

Evan Tanner passed away last September from "heat exposure" from a camping trip. Tanner fought sporatically in his last few years and dropped four out of his last five fight, but at one point Tanner was the promotion's middleweight champion.

Mask of TapouT may not be a fighter, but his contributions to the sport could put him as the first non-fighter to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. The UFC has already given Mask more tributes during UFC broadcasts than any fighter that has passed away.

Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz are both worthy of Hall of Fame nods, but due to their major differences with White, it's highly unlikely that either one will be inducted at UFC 100. Additionally, Shamrock fights for Strikeforce and Ortiz is a free agent who left the UFC on poor terms. Don't bet on the UFC helping to market competitor's superstars let alone ones that White has gone on record to say he hates.