The UFC Hall of Fame has announced their latest member to their institution, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, who will be inducted on July 5 in the Pioneer’s Wing.
Serra first gained major attention by winning The Ultimate Fighter 4 and in the process earning a title shot against Georges St-Pierre, a fight nobody gave him a chance to win. Serra pulled off one of the greatest upsets in UFC history by defeating the Canadian legend by TKO in the first round.
Following the win, Serra would become one of the coaches on the Ultimate Fighter 6 and was set to fight opposing coach Matt Hughes but back injuries got in his way and his scheduled title defense against Hughes was scrapped. Serra would not be able to defend his Welterweight Championship for over a year and he did so against St. Pierre in Montreal. This time he would lose to St. Pierre by TKO in the second round.
Serra would later finally fight Hughes but he would come up on the losing end via unanimous decision. He would compete in the octagon two more times, with a win over Frank Trigg and loss to Chris Lytle.
Matt Serra retired with a record of 11 and 7.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Matt Serra for obtaining this prestigious honor.
We have another major football retirement worth discussing and pass rusher extraordinaire Dwight Freeney is calling it quits. The Defensive End signed a one day contact with the Indianapolis Colts so he could retire with the team where he had his greatest success.
Selected 11th overall by the Colts in 2002, Freeney would become a starter midway through his rookie season and was the runner up for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Notably, he would record 13 Quarterback Sacks and his elite spin move would baffle offensive lines and he would quickly become known as one of the top pass rushers. The next season, Freeney would again record more than 10 Sacks (11) and would go to his first Pro Bowl. The next two seasons were even better as not only was he named a Pro Bowler but also a First Team All Pro. His 16 Sacks in 2004were enough to lead the NFL and in 2006 he would help the Colts win the Super Bowl.
From 2008 to 2011 Freeney would be named to the Pro Bowl, netting him seven trips in total. The 2009 season would also be his third selection as a First Team All Pro. The Colts would not resign Sweeney after the 2013 season and he would spend the next four years playing for the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Settle Seahawks.
Dwight Freeney retires from the National Football League with 125.5 Sacks, enough for 17th all-time. He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023 and should receive Hall of Fame consideration and he will definitely land a solid spot on out Notinhalloffame.com Football list.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Dwight Freeney for all of the gridiron memories and we wish him the best on his post-playing career.
The New England Patriots have announced the three Finalists for their Hall of Fame and all three of them were members of the organization’s first three Super Bowls.
Matt Light is a first time nominee. The former Left Tackle played 153 Games in the NFL and started all of them in a career that was spent only in New England (2001-11). The former Purdue Boilermaker was a second round pick and was chosen for three Pro Bowls.
Richard Seymour is being nominated for the second time. Seymour played for New England from 2001 to 2008 and as a Patriot he was named to five straight Pro Bowls (2002-06) and three straight First Team All Pro squads (2003-05).
Mike Vrabel is a nominee for the third time. Vrabel played 125 (starting 110) for the Pats at Linebacker and was a Pro Bowl and First Team All Pro in 2007.
You can vote on who you think should be in the Hall at patriots.com/2018hof
Whoever is selected will be the 27th person selected for the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.
Following the death of Bruno Sammartino another significant former professional wrestler also passed away as Paul Jones died at the age of 75.
Jones began his career in 1961 and competed in various promotions across the United States but by decade’s end he would find a somewhat permanent home in the Carolina working for Mid-Atlantic predominantly in tag teams. Up until that time Jones worked mostly as a babyface but a move to Championship Wrestling from Florida Jones would adopt a cocky heel persona and would dub himself “Number 1” Paul Jones. Over a three year period (1972-74) Jones would prove himself as a bona fide singles star winning the Florida Heavyweight Title four times and also the Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship.
He would return to Mid-Atlantic in 1974 though this time he would excel in both tag teams and singles. In an eight year run (the first half as a face, the second as a heel) his most memorable tag team partner would be Ricky Steamboat who he captured three Mid Atlantic and one World Tag Team Title and would win the Mid Atlantic Title and the United States title three times.
In 1982 Jones would become a manager and would lead “Paul Jones’ Army”, which essentially was a mid-card heel faction in Mid-Atlantic and Crockett Promotions. His most notable feud was against “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant and he would also manage Manny Fernandez and Rick Rude to the World Tag Team Titles. He would leave the NWA in 1989.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Paul Jones at this time.