During UFC 223, the UFC Hall of Fame announced that Bruce Connal would be the first member of the Class of 2018. Connal will be inducted in the Contributors Wing, though this will be posthumous as he passed away at 61 unexpectedly this past March.
Connal might not be a name known to most fight fans but the longtime producer was one of the most beloved figures in the company. He had produces over 300 live UFC events for the company and he will join Jeff Blatnick, Bob Meyrowitz and Joe Silva in the Contributors Wing.
He will be inducted this summer during International Fight Week.
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.