UFC Hall of Fame adds final inductee as UFC 17’s Pete Williams-Mark Coleman main event joins “Fight” wing

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The final addition to the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class comes in the “Fight” wing, as the UFC announced Wednesday that the UFC 17 bout between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman will be honored at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Las Vegas on July 10.

The main event fight from May 15, 1998, saw Williams score a comeback KO over Coleman in one of the great early highlight reel finishes in UFC history.

“Williams against Coleman was the biggest upset of 1998 and the finish is one of the most devastating knockouts in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said in a press release. “This fight is a forgotten classic that represents everything that’s great about UFC. Williams took this fight on two weeks’ notice and took a beating from Coleman during the regulation period. This was his first time inside an Octagon and once the overtime period started, he had enough left in the tank to deliver one of the greatest knockouts we’ve ever seen. Congratulations to Pete Williams and Mark Coleman!”

That fight joins previously announced 2016 inductees Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira (Fighter wing), Bob Meyrowitz (Contributors wing), and Don Frye (Pioneers wing).

Penick’s Analysis: It’s a somewhat odd choice given the vast array of fights from which they have to choose from, but it’s undeniably a memorable finish. Congrats to Williams, and a condolence high five, I suppose, to Coleman. Already in the Hall himself, I’m not sure being on the wrong end of such a memorable upset and finish is something that he’s necessarily thrilled to have “honored.”

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