On Wednesday night, during an episode of UFC Tonight, the UFC revealed between the welterweight title fight between then Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg and former announcer Jeff Blatnick as the latest members of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2015.

For those confused by the addition of a fighter rather than a singular person, it should be noted the UFC recently revamped its Hall of Fame with addition four different categories: Contributors, Greatest Matches, Pioneers and the Modern Fighters. For the next three years one member will be inducted to each of the new categories.

The Pioneer Fighter and Modern Fighter recipients are expected be announced sometime weekend during UFC 187.

Blatnick, an olympic wrestling gold medalist, began his career UFC as an announcer in 1994 at UFC 4. Following that night, fans Blatnick became a staple of early UFC broadcast as he would remain until UFC 32. During this time he helped develop many of the rules, regulations and judging criteria fight used in modern-day competition. Even after he parted way with the UFC, the organization he helped legitimize, Blatnick would remain involved in the sport as a judge until his death 2012.

In addition, the second meeting between bitter rival Hughes and Trigg has long been considered one o the greatest in mixed martial arts history. UFC President Dana White has frequently named this thrilling battle as his favorite fight of all time.

Heading into the bout neither man shied away from throwing insults at other. In their previous matchup Hughes walked away with a first round submission win two years prior, a feat the longtime champion never let Trigg forget.

While the rematch bout lasted a little more than four minutes, fans witnessed a wild back-and-forth battle that included Trigg dropping Hughes with a kick below the belt, which went unnoticed by the ref. With his rival reeling in pain, Trigg swarmed as he looked to take revenge for his previous loss.

As Trigg looked to sink in the rear-naked choke, Hughes miraculously escaped, scooped his opponent into the air and ran across the cage before slamming Trigg into the canvas. From here Hughes worked into back control where he would eventually secure his own rear naked choke, forcing Trigg to tap out.

The UFC Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be inducted during International Fight Week in Las Vegas. The entire weekend will culminate with UFC 189, which features the highly anticipated title fight between reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and the Irish megastar Conor McGregor

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