Don Frye to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
By Edward Carbajal
There was a lot legendary things happening at UFC 199 and a lot of announcements were made. One of them was the announcement that long time MMA veteran Don Frye would be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame. During the International Fight Week Fan Expo, the UFC announces inductees to their hall of fame that have had made memorable moments for the promotion and the sport as a whole. Don “The Predator’ Frye certainly falls in that category.
Frye’s career consists of 20 wins, nine losses, one draw and one no contest. His first fight was at UFC 8: David vs. Goliath in a time before the unified rules of MMA even existed. He fought three times that night and won. Frye would fight in the UFC, in Japan’s K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships appearing in movies and cornering fighters along the way. One of his memorable bouts was against a very young, James Thompson at Pride 34: Kamikaze where he lost via TKO, but never went down.
Frye’s last fight was in 2011 at Gladiator Challenge where he lost to Ruben Villareal. Coincidentally Villareal lost to last year’s Pioneer Era inductee, Bas Rutten in 2006. The 50-year old, tough as nails fighter can be seen in commercials and films. You may have noticed him in an Allstate commercial for motorcycle insurance. He keeps busy and this should be good to see him inducted and join the company of other pioneers.
If anyone deserves to be in a Hall of Fame for fighting, Don Frye certainly fits the bill.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.