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Before he meet Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 89 later this month, check out a fight replay featuring Stephen Thompson.

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During the UFC 199 pay-per-view broadcast Saturday night, Don Frye was announced as the latest inductee into the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame Class.

A complete press release can be found below:

UFC today announced that two-time UFC tournament champion Don “The Predator” Frye has been named to the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class as a Pioneer. The event will take place on Sunday, July 10, at 12 p.m. PT at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The ceremony will close out the UFC Fan Expo during the final day of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week. The event will also be streamed live and available on-demand exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.

“Don Frye is a legend in this sport and one of the toughest guys to ever compete,” UFC President Dana White said. “He was known for putting on incredible fights like his one with Takayama in PRIDE, which is still to this day one of the craziest fights I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to Don Frye for being selected to the 2016 Class of the UFC Hall of Fame!”

Frye notched a 10-1 record during four events over a span of 11 months in 1996. His mixed martial arts career began at UFC 8: DAVID vs. GOLIATH, where he defeated three opponents to capture the tournament title on February 16.

He then competed at UFC 9: MOTOR CITY MADNESS on May 17, winning his fight on a non-tournament based card. Following his runner-up finish during UFC® 10: THE TOURNAMENT on July 12, he secured his second tournament championship at UFC: THE ULTIMATE ULTIMATE 1996 on December 7.

During his tenure, Frye recorded a number of impressive firsts, becoming the first UFC athlete to finish three opponents in less than one minute, the first athlete to notch both a knockout and a submission in less than one minute, and the first to defeat five consecutive opponents by knockout.

Over the course of his 15-year career, Frye also competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships®, earning wins over UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and Yoshihiro Takayama at PRIDE 19 and 21, respectively.

A native of Sierra Vista, Arizona, he attended Buena Vista High School where he competed as a wrestler, earning a scholarship to Arizona State University. During his time as a Sun Devil, Frye was a member of three PAC-10 championship teams, including the 1988 club that captured the NCAA Division I championship.

After transferring to Oklahoma State University, he was a member of the Cowboys wrestling team that won the 1989 Big 8 conference title. Originally recruited by UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn, Frye brought a well-rounded skillset to the Octagon that included a black belt in judo and experience as a professional boxer.

The final inductees of the Class of 2016 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the landmark UFC 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, on Saturday, July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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The beginning of an incredible stretch of UFC events went down Saturday night at UFC 199.

Luke Rockhold didn’t show Michael Bisping any respect heading into their main event fight for the UFC middleweight title.

And it proved costly for Rockhold.

With a perfectly-placed left hook, Bisping became the first-ever British UFC champion, knocking out Rockhold inside of the first round in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Bisping, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, took the fight on 17 days notice after an injury knocked out Chris Weidman. He earned a win over former UFC champion Anderson Silva earlier this year, giving him a base to stand on as the next contender in line after Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza passed up the fight.

It was another dominant five-round performance by Dominick Cruz in the co-main event, as he retained the bantamweight title with a decision victory over Urijah Faber. Meeting for a third time, it was all “The Dominator,” has he stunned Faber early and controlled him with his speed and quickness throughout the 25-minute battle.

Max Holloway picked up his ninth consecutive victory with a decision win over Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight contest. “Blessed” and Lamas made a magical moment when they decided to “stand-and-bang” for the final 10 seconds of the bout.

Despite being 45 years old, Dan Henderson showed that he still has power, knocking Hector Lombard out with a back-elbow. Henderson, a former Strikeforce and Pride champion, connected with a head-kick and followed up with the back elbow to earn his 32nd career win.

After the win, Henderson admitted that he might finally hang it up, as his entire family was in attendance to see the performance.

Dustin Poirier improved to 4-0 since his return to lightweight, earning his 12th first round finish to begin the pay-per-view main card over Bobby Green. “The Diamond” dropped Green several times, finishing him with a thunderous shot.

The prelims ended with a bang, as Brian Ortega finished Clay Guida with just 20 seconds left in the fight. Facing the prospects of his first loss potentially, “T-City” landed with a knee and pounded out Guida to stay perfect in his career.

Beneil Dariush got right back on track following an April defeat, handing James Vick his first pro loss with a first round knockout. Dariush connected on a perfectly-timed counter-left that dropped Vick after a barrage of strikes.

To begin the televised action, Jessica Andrade made a statement to the rest of the strawweight division, stopping one-time title contender Jessica Penne in the second round. Andrade had fought several times before at bantamweight, but shined in her new weight class in L.A.

Neither were originally scheduled for the card, but fighting on 10 days notice didn’t bother Alex Caceres. The Ultimate Fighter alum earned a win over Cole Miller to open the FS1 televised prelims, scoring a decision and his 12th career win.

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Winner of eight in a row, Max Holloway will take on Ricardo Lamas this Saturday night at UFC 199.

Holloway, who’s last loss came to current UFC champion Conor McGregor, appeared on a recent edition of “Submission Radio” to discuss his fight with Lamas and more.

Check out the transcription below for the complete interview:

Who Max would like to fight for the belt out of Edgar, Aldo and McGregor

“We’ll see what happens, and first things first, is Ricardo Lamas. And all three of those fights get me excited. Anyone of them. They’re all great. The three of them are great guys, they’re all [at the] top of their division for a reason and that’s why I want to prove myself against them. We can go do that rematch with Conor. You know, I thought I was gonna get Aldo, cause a lot of people wanted to see that happen. And then there’s something there with Hawaiians and Frankie. So all three of the match-ups are interesting and my head is focused on Ricardo right now. I gotta get the job done June 4th and then we start thinking ahead.”

On Lamas believing his superior wrestling is the key to beating Holloway much like Bermudez’s win over him

“If this guy is coming into the fight thinking he’s going to out wrestle me, you better go think again. We’ve got some surprises for Ricardo. I can’t wait. I’m already in his mind, you know, he can talk about it. His last couple of fights, he’s been trying to strike with everyone and now he’s trying to go back to his wrestling base. So we’ll see what happens. I’m out here, I’m gonna do what Max Holloway does best.”

Why Max believes he us in Lamas’ head

“His last couple of fights, if you watch all his fights, he don’t wrestle nobody. He thinks he’s a striker guy. You know, you got Aldo – he struck with Aldo almost the whole time in that fight. So for him to start thinking about focusing on his wrestling for me, it’s kind of [like he’s] doubting himself already. So that’s opening the door for more doubt and more doubt. So I’m looking even more forward to June 4th now [after] hearing this stuff. I just can’t wait, you know. We’ll see what it is. Max Holloway, I get ready for fights. You know, I get ready for everything – wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, striking. Whatever it is, we get ready and that’s what happened.”

On Ricardo saying that he can stand and trade with Max on the feet

“Hey, great for him. I’m a big guy – and that’s what I said, the question before this – I’m a big guy in self-belief. If you don’t have self-belief in this game and you don’t believe in your skillset, then you’ll never go very far. So, you know, great for him, and we’ll see when it comes to June 4th. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to go out there and just show my aspects of my game as a mixed martial artist.”

Prediction

“Max Holloway going out there, doing his thing, doing some cool shit and getting my hand raised after whatever rounds it is, I don’t care. I’m going out there – let him choose when he wants out. And when it’s all said and done, [I’m] getting my hand raised, raising that Hawaiian flag and going on from there.”

UFC 199

Michael Bisping joined “Inside the Octagon” for a 15-minute interview recently, discussing his UFC 199 middleweight title fight with Luke Rockhold.

Hear from “The Count” in the video below:

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