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Matchmaker Joe Silva Joining UFC Hall of Fame

May 14, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Joe Silva is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. The UFC announced on Saturday night that Silva, the UFC’s long-running matchmaker who retired this year, will be joining Urijah Faber and Maurice Smith as 2017 inductees into the Hall. Silva will be inducted as part of the Contributors wing of the Hall, where he joins UFC co-creator Bob Meyrowitz, former UFC commentator and commissioner Jeff Blatnick, as well as Tapout clothing line founder Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr.

Silva began working with the UFC in the late 1990s, working as a consultant and helping draft the original unified rules of MMA. He arranged more than 3,000 fights across 340 events during his run as matchmaker, starting with UFC 30 in February of 2001 and ending with UFC Fight Night 107 this year.

“To have been a part of the UFC from its early days and to see the heights to which it has risen has been amazing,” Silva stated. “The martial arts have been my passion since I was a kid, and to have been a part of the sport that has impacted them so much was a wonderful experience. To be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame is a great honor and caps off what has been a wonderful journey.”