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The UFC Hall of Fame has announced the second member for their Class of 2017 as former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Maurice Smith has been named to the up and coming institution.

A former kickboxing champion in multiple organizations in both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight division, Smith would compete in mixed martial arts in the 90’s, most notably in Pancrase where he competed in matches against Minoru Suzuki, Ken Shamrock and Bas Rutten.  He would also compete in RINGS and would win the Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Title. 

He would sign with UFC in 1997 and in his debut at UFC 14 defeating Mark Coleman for the Heavyweight Title in what was considered a major upset at the time.  He would successfully defend the belt against Tank Abbott though would lose the belt to Randy Couture in his second defense.

The rise of Maurice Smith was significant as he was considered to be the first striker to find success in UFC.

Smith retired with a 14-14 record in MMA with a 4-3 record in the UFC.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Maurice Smith for earning this accolade.
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