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Longtime producer Bruce Connal to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

Bruce Connal is the first member of the UFC’s 2018 Hall of Fame class.

One of the UFC’s most beloved behind-the-scenes persons is set to be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame.

During the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 223 on Saturday night in Brooklyn, the UFC announced that longtime producer Bruce Connal will be the first inductee of the UFC’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Connal passed away earlier this year at the age of 61. He produced over 300 live UFC events and was beloved by nearly everyone in the sport.

“Bruce was a close friend to all of us here at UFC and he was also one of the most talented television producers I’ve ever seen,” UFC President Dana White said.

“Bruce did an amazing job producing the most successful events in UFC history and he will be sorely missed. I’m thrilled that his family is here with us tonight at UFC 223, and we’re looking forward to having them join us in Las Vegas to celebrate Bruce’s life and career when we induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018.”

Connal will be inducted into the Contributor wing Hall of Fame this summer during International Fight Week. There he will join MMA luminaries such as Jeff Blatnick, Bob Meyrowitz, and Joe Silva.