Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman to Be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame ‘Fight Wing’

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 15, 2016

The 1998 bout between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman will be the last member of the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class, the promotion announced on Wednesday.

The UFC 17 matchup will be enshrined in the organization’s “Fight Wing” on Sunday, July 10 at 12 p.m. PT at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The bout joins Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finale and Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg 2 at UFC 52 in the section of the Hall of Fame dedicated to the promotion’s greatest fights.

“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 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.”

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Coleman was originally supposed to face Randy Couture at UFC 17, which took place at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Ala., but “The Natural” withdrew from the card due to injury and was replaced by Williams. Coleman controlled the contest for the majority of the 12-minute regulation period, but the exhausted wrestler was knocked out by a Williams head kick just 38 seconds into the overtime frame.

In addition to Williams vs. Coleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye and Bob Meyrowitz will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 10.


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