Just two weeks after it was announced that Urijah Faber was voted into the UFC Hall of Fame, the organization announced it’s second member of the 2017 class. On Saturday night during the UFC Fight Night 108 broadcast, they announced that former UFC heavyweight champion, Maurice Smith has been voted into their Hall of Fame.
Smith won the heavyweight title after an epic upset over Mark “the Hammer” Coleman at UFC 14. He defended the title against Tank Abbott before losing the belt to Randy Couture.
Smith was one of the pioneers of the sport and one of the first “strikers” to find large success. He was a decorated kickboxer winning the World Kickboxing Association heavyweight title.
Before coming to the UFC, Smith found success in Pancrase and Battlecade Extreme Fighting organization. Smith was the last Battlecade heavyweight champion.
Smith also formed an early MMA powerhouse team called “the Alliance” with Frank Shamrock and Tyuyoshi Kohsaka.
Smith also competed in popular organizations Rings, Pride FC, IFL, and StrikeForce. Smith retired from MMA in 2013.