UFC announced tonight on UFC Tonight that Jeff Blatnick and the Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg fight from 2005 will be honored at the company’s Hall of Fame ceremony this year.
The ceremony takes place on 7/11 in Las Vegas, the afternoon before the UFC 189 PPV show.
Blatnick was honored as a contributor. He was UFC commissioner from 1998 to 2001 and announced for the promotion from 1994 to 2001. He also named the sport mixed martial arts and helped write the original rule book, which is very similar to the current rules.
There will be two more Hall of Fame announcements between now and the end of the week, with a Pioneer fighter (career beginning before 2001) and Modern Era fighter (career beginning 2001 or later).
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