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Former UFC champ Matt Serra joins 2018 UFC Hall of Fame class


Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra is getting a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.

The organization announced on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 128 broadcast on FS1 that Serra (11-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC) will be inducted into the 2018 class. He will be the 15th fighter inducted into the “Pioneer” wing.

“Matt Serra is one of the most underrated mixed martial artists in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “From winning ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ to becoming UFC welterweight champion with one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, and now coaching some of the sports top athletes, Matt’s lifelong dedication to combat sports is legendary. Matt fought on the second UFC event under Zuffa ownership in 2001, and today, he helps us find new and exciting talent, while also co-hosting ‘UFC Unfiltered.’

“Serra is a true pioneer, and we look forward to celebrating his career at the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in July.”

Serra made his UFC debut in May 2001 at UFC 31. He eventually found his way onto Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, which he won and was awarded an instant title shot against then-champion Georges St-Pierre.

“The Terror” would go on pull off one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, stopping St-Pierre with strikes in the first round at UFC 69 in April 2007. He would drop the belt to “Rush” in the rematch at UFC 83, but memories of his upset have stood the test of time.

“This is an honor to say the least,” Serra said. “I turned professional in 1999, during the dark ages when MMA was almost finished in the US. I didn’t become a mixed martial artist because there was a ton of money and fame to be had. There was none back then. I began competing in MMA because I love the sport, and that took me all the way to the UFC championship, and, now the UFC Hall of Fame. I love the sport as much as I ever did, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored right now.”

The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony takes place July 5 in Las Vegas as part of “International Fight Week.”

Serra joins Kazushi Sakuraba, Maurice Smith, Don Frye, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Bas Rutten, Pat Miletich, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie in the UFC Hall of Fame pioneer wing.

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