The creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is the latest to be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame.
The UFC’s Hall of Fame will soon include its creator, co-founder, and very first matchmaker.
Last week, the promotion announced that Art Davie will be inducted into the contributors wing of the HOF during International Fight Week. The ceremony is set for Thursday, July 5th in Las Vegas and will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
“Art’s contributions to UFC helped lay the foundation for the sport that fans around the world see today,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s an honor to induct Art into the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 and we look forward to celebrating his career at our ceremony in July.”
“Being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame is the greatest honor that can be bestowed to anyone involved with the sport of mixed martial arts,” Davie said. “Watching UFC become mainstream and break all these records over the years has been like watching my child go out and conquer the world. I’m so proud of what UFC has become and I’m thrilled my part in its creation is being celebrated during its 25th anniversary.”
Before it was called the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Davie’s tournament to determine which fighting style would reign supreme was actually called “War of the Worlds.” With the help of Rorion Gracie and Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG), led at the time by Campbell McLaren, UFC 1 was off and running on November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. Royce Gracie won the eight-man tournament by submitting Gerard Gourdeau in the final.
Davie would remain with the UFC as an advisor and matchmaker until he left the company in 1998. On a lighter note, we cannot ignore that Davie would later launch XARM, the hybrid combat sport that combined kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and arm wrestling.
Others set for Hall of Fame induction are former welterweight champion Matt Serra, as well as longtime UFC broadcast producer Bruce Connal, who passed away suddenly in March at just 61 years of age.